Many adults wonder, “Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?” Others wonder, “Is there a difference between adult and child orthodontics?” Well, we’re happy that you asked. The similarity is that if your mouth is healthy, treatment can be as quick as in child orthodontics, and be performed successfully at any age – yes, any age. The major difference is that obviously, adults are not actively growing, so some treatment plans may take a little longer. With this short extra time, however, excellent results can still be expected. Here are some other considerations:
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- Teeth may need to be cleaned more often - sometimes every 3 or 4 months, depending on the specific problem. Your dentist will help decide if this is of benefit.
- After straightening front teeth that were crowded, a small triangular space may appear at the gum line between these teeth.
- In growing patients, changes in jaw relationships can be achieved with regular treatment. In adults, similar changes may require surgical procedures.
- As with treatment at every age, previously turned teeth, even after correction, may have a tendency to relapse. There are a few procedures that are available to help maximize stability.
Proper retainer wear after active treatment is most important to maintain your
new and improved smile.
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