Adult & Child Orthodontics: What Are the Differences?
Most people, even now, tend to associate braces and other orthodontics with teenagers. But these days, a significant number of adults are deciding to improve the cosmetics of their smile through the use of braces and other procedures. While you might assume that age makes little difference to the work you get done once your adult teeth are in place, Lynn Dental Care can highlight a few of the differences for you.
Previous Dental Procedures
If you’re an older or adult patient thinking about getting braces, you’ve probably already had some dental work done in the past. Most people need some kind of oral surgery or treatment at one time or another. Depending on what kind of procedures you’ve had done previously, this might affect how easy or complicated your orthodontics work is.
If you’ve had teeth removed, for example, it can be more difficult to have your teeth move once your braces have been fitted. The healed-over spaces that develop where teeth were removed can make those empty spaces difficult to work with, especially as adult bones are less adaptive than younger bones.
Possible Medical Issues
The older you get, the more the ways in which some of orthodontics procedures will affect you. From developing allergies to anesthetics later in life, to an increased risk of suffering jaw-related joint disorders like TMJ, you need to take this into consideration if you’re an older patient.
Adult patients who might need teeth removed might also be at a higher risk of something called “root resorption”. This is when your gums will reabsorb the root, meaning that teeth won’t be able to properly connect and stay in place. Your orthodontist will know what to look for to assess the risks of resorption, as well as things like TMJ and more severe side-effects. Although you also need to be aware of past medical conditions and make sure you discuss it with them.
Slower Results for Adults
Having braces as a teenager tends to get faster results simply due to the fact that your body is still growing. The changing shape of your face, jaw and teeth allows the pressure applied by braces to really do its job, quickly re-aligning teeth and closing gaps where some have been removed.
As an adult, changes like this can take more time, which means you need to be ready to be a patient patient, check your expectations with regards to how long the braces will take. This is another aspect of the treatment you can talk to your orthodontics expert about.
Self-Consciousness and Adult Braces
Physical differences in having braces put in as an adult are fairly simple, since most of them are down to picking the right, experienced and friendly orthodontist at Lynn Dental Care. When it comes to more personal issues, however, they can be a little harder to tackle.
Most of us are familiar with the perceived embarrassment of having braces – both as a child and an adult. This self-consciousness is easier to explain away with the general daily social difficulties of being a teen, but harder to prepare for as an adult. The most important thing to realize, when it comes to adult orthodontics, is that adult braces are far more common now than ever.
Being self-conscious is understandable, but also unnecessary. Not only are people more accepting generally, but there are also a slew of options available for low-profile braces, such as Invisalign, that subtly blend in with your smile.
Lynn Dental Care and Adult Orthodontics
While there are differences, the way in which braces generally work and their design is very much the same from children to adults. The really important thing to keep at the front of your mind is the reason you’re considering adult orthodontics in the first place. If you feel like you would benefit from this kind of dental work, contact your Dallas dentist today to discuss your options.