Orthodontics for Adults
If left untreated, many orthodontic problems get worse. Orthodontic reatment by a specialist to correct the original treatment often costs less than the additional dental treatments that are required to treat more serious problems that may appear in later years.
Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better, regardless of your age. The biological processes involved in dental movements are the same in adults as they are in children. The health of your teeth, gums and bones is the most important factor in determining the possible results of orthodontic treatment.
As an adult’s face bones no longer grow, some corrections cannot be achieved by using orthodontic devices, but may also require orthognathic surgery. Impressive facial changes can be achieved with a combination of surgery and orthodontics. Should you require this type of treatment, your specialist will explain all of the different procedures to be carried out.
Mini plates and micro screws in orthodontics
The use of screws is very present in orthodontic treatments, but they are not mandatory in all cases. Moreover, we currently have another form of skeletal anchoring, the so-called Miniplates, which offers us greater biomechanical control of orthodontic forces. These anchoring devices allow large bone remodeling, performing dento-alveolar movements that were not possible before. In this way, we can treat most cases without the need for dental extractions, thanks to the bone remodeling that we are able to perform. There are certain cases, as in some open bites, in which orthognathic surgeries can even be avoided using these skeletal anchors.
What is it like for an adult to wear an orthodontic appliance?
You will probably want to know if wearing an orthodontic appliance will interfere with your lifestyle. Of course not! You can do whatever you want wearing a brace: sing, play a musical instrument, go out for dinner, kiss, etc.
However, there are some inconveniences, although you will adapt to them very quickly. For example, you will not be able to eat sweets or nuts. Also, your mouth and teeth may be a little more sensitive after making the necessary adjustments. And of course, you will have to visit your dentist more regularly for check-ups.
The new techniques and materials used today by your specialist in orthodontics help to reduce any discomfort and mean you will not need to visit the clinic so frequently during your treatment.