For many adults who needed braces as children but didn’t get them, adult orthodontic care can help improve their oral health, appearance, and self-esteem. The same orthodontic issues that affect children can affect adults if left untreated. And, after years of poor tooth and jaw alignment, those issues can result in significant damage to teeth, gums, and jaws.
Health risks associated with untreated orthodontic problems include:
- Jaw or facial pain
- “Oral” problems (chewing, speaking, or biting)
- Inability to properly clean teeth, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease
- Irregular or severe wearing of tooth enamel
Contrary to popular belief, adults often seek orthodontic care to have their teeth straightened or properly aligned.
Although most of the orthodontic treatment options available to children are available to adults, the one limitation that adult patients have is that their jaws are no longer growing. So, if an adult’s jaws are significantly out of alignment, surgery may be needed to get a complete correction. In addition, adults seeking orthodontic care are often interested in orthodontic alternatives like Invisalign® and suresmile® that minimize the appearance and time of care.