Usually, when people talk about orthodontic, they think to a kid or teenager with a mouth full of wires. But today it has been changed and many adults want to straighten their teeth by orthodontic treatment. Adult orthodontics can correct many oral and dental problems such as bite problems (underbite, open bite, cross bite, deep bite), jaw and facial asymmetry, crooked teeth, crowded teeth, misplaced teeth and excessive spacing between the teeth.
Although childhood is the ideal time for orthodontic treatment and changing teeth position, many adults get excellent results by orthodontic treatment. But when you are considering adult orthodontics you should keep some points in your mind that the growth of adult bone is stopped so they may need to have surgery for some structural changes. More addition the entire process for adults may last longer than children. Before the orthodontic treatment adults need to see a periodontist, general dentist as well as an orthodontist to ensure about their bones status and the possibility of gum disease. There are different options for adults orthodontics such as clear braces, ceramic braces, self-lightening braces, invisible braces, and traditional metal braces.
Benefits of adult orthodontics
Orthodontic treatment has many advantages for all ages that can last for a lifetime, actually, it is a longtime investment. The main and great advantage of adult orthodontics is improving the smile and dental health.
The advantages of orthodontic treatment are depending on the reasons that you want to have treatment. For example, if you suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ), straightening teeth by orthodontic treatment can resolve it as well as relieving the associated symptoms such as muscle pain, headache, and stress in the joint. It also can remove the sleep apnea by expanding the upper and lower arches and providing enough room for tongues and pulling on the muscles to open the airway and allow air to move freely. On the other hand, it is easier for adults to clean the teeth and remove plaque and foods by proper brushing and flossing. On the other hand, it is proved that straightening teeth decrease the number of bacteria in the mouth.
Fastest results for adult orthodontics
Usually, orthodontic treatment may take years and adults prefer a quicker option to straighten their teeth. Today there is a new fast process called “accelerated orthodontics” same as regular orthodontic treatment in a shorter period of time. Accelerated orthodontic can perform in several ways:
- The AcceleDent method, it is a hands-free device that fit around your orthodontics appliance, for example, your braces and then speeds up your teeth movement.
- The Propel Alveocentesis method, which arouses the bone around the teeth to enhance cytokine activity. It causes faster and easier bone remodeling so patients can finish their treatment in less time. There is also another way with propel method called micro-osteoperforation that increase cytokine activity and force appliance to move the teeth into the required position.
There is also a surgical option of accelerating orthodontic treatment to remove the tooth tissue between the teeth in order to provide space for tooth movement.
Tips for adults with a brace
At any age oral hygiene is an important issue that should be observed but when you have a brace on your teeth, these teeth need extra attention to protect them from a cavity, gum disease, and any oral or dental problems. There are some recommended tips for adults with brace such as brushing after each meal. Generally, you should brush your teeth twice a day, but if you wear a brace you need to brush your teeth after each meal even after mid-meals. Flossing is another item that should be done at least once a day. You should be sure to floss between braces and under the wires. On the other hand, when you have a brace in your mouth you should watch what you eat. Avoid eating too many sugary or starchy foods especially sticky and chewy foods as well as hard foods. Mouthwashes are also effective for oral hygiene.
Generally, you have the opportunity for having a beautiful and healthy smile at any age, it is not never late and doesn’t matter you are 7 or 70. At any age you can have orthodontic treatment, you just need to start your process as soon as you decide for this treatment.