Orthodontics For Adults: Is It Ever Too Late?

Orthodontics For Adults

It’s should be no surprise that orthodontic treatments for adults are extremely common. Yes, treatments may take longer because bone density and development are different than in children, but the successful alignment of your teeth and jaw is not age dependent. 

Why Should You Fix Misaligned Teeth?

In addition to the attractive aesthetics of a beautiful, straight smile, correcting teeth with orthodontic treatment is beneficial for many other reasons including:

  • Reduces tooth decay: Hard-to-reach places can be breeding grounds for oral bacteria that cause cavities.

  • Improves teeth’s function: Chewing ability is affected by malocclusion or misslignment.

  • Jaw pain relief: People with malocclusion suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and feel clicks, pops, and discomfort when the mouth opens and closes.

Types Of Misalignment Issues That Require Orthodontic Treatment

Not every misalignment issue in your mouth is resolved the same way.  Below is a brief description of the most common problem types and alignment irregularities that require aligners:

  • Overbite: An overbite occurs when the upper jaw (upper jaw) protrudes further than the lower jaw (lower jaw). This condition can make the jaw look sunken and make the smile appear more toothy than normal.

  • Underbite: An underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes further than the upper jaw. This condition can be the result of irregular growth that can make the jaw appear too large.

  • Crowding: Crowding occurs when there is not enough room for the adult teeth to erupt and align. In some cases, one or more teeth may need to be extracted to make room in the arch for proper alignment.

What Type Of Aligners Do I Need?

Aligners are typically categorized as either removable or fixed. Your dentist will examine your mouth visually, take x-rays, and take impressions of your teeth before recommending a specific course of treatment. Once the definitive diagnosis is known, treatment options can be discussed to determine the fastest and most cost-effective method for treating your condition. This is a quick overview of some common types of aligners:

  • Fixed aligners: These aligners consist of two main parts: the bracket and the archwire. Metal, clear, or ceramic brackets are bonded to each tooth and attached to the archwire. During a fitting appointment, the orthodontist gently tightens or replaces the wires to move the teeth into the desired position.

  • Invisalign: This removable aligner system is preferred by many adults for its natural look. A series of plastic splints are used to gradually bring the teeth into proper alignment.

Are You Considering Getting Aligners? 

Whether you are getting into your 40s, 25s, or somewhere in between, it’s important to understand what to expect. It is normal to feel a little apprehensive about getting aligners. No matter how old you are, and no matter how many times you have been told that aligners are harmless, you’ll still be nervous about your aligners. 

A professional consultation with Dr. Sisko is the best way to find the answers you are looking for. With over 30 years of experience in cosmetic treatments, restorative & general dentistry, and emergency dental care Sisko Dentistry can help you improve the appearance of your smile. We help Tallmadge and surrounding communities achieve their dream smile with the latest technology and orthodontic treatments. Call us today at 330-633-9510 to learn about our services.

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