It is never too late to get orthodontic treatment to improve the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile! Many Berkeley Orthodontics patients are adults.
Our approach to adult orthodontic treatment is similar to adolescent treatment, but there are some important differences.
Adult faces have reached their final size and shape. Growth patterns in children can be altered with devices such as headgears or other growth modification appliances, but these devices are not very effective for adults. Still, there are workable treatment options. Adults are susceptible to gum disease, but risks are reduced with careful cleaning and a balanced diet. Adults may have worn, heavily filled teeth, or even some missing teeth, all of which can affect how well the bite will fit. New restorations may be needed after orthodontic treatment. Adult teeth have a greater tendency to return toward their former position, which means the post-treatment retention period is longer.
In spite of some of the challenges, we are always pleased to see adults because misaligned teeth and an improper bite can lead to gum recession and bone loss, tooth decay, irregular wear of tooth enamel, headaches, and even jaw pain. Well-aligned teeth are healthier, more functional, and more aesthetic.
If you would like to know if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, schedule a complimentary consultation with Berkeley Orthodontics today.