Although braces and other aspects of orthodontic health are often associated with children and teenagers, adults can also suffer from some of the same problems.
Some of the most common orthodontic health issues that adults face include:
- Deep bite: An overlap between lower and upper teeth is a common occurrence with aging. If the lower teeth are completely covered by upper teeth when a patient bites down, it can cause severe trauma to the row of upper teeth. If left untreated, this requires a root canal.
- Edge to edge teeth bite: When front teeth touch each other directly, severe wear to both top and bottom teeth can occur.
- Overbite: An upper bite can affect proper facial balance, creating an unappealing physical appearance and placing excessive pressure on teeth in the back of the mouth. Due to a lack of front teeth function in chewing, back teeth are often worn down.
- Severe crowding: Crowding of the teeth is common among adults. If upper teeth are blocked out of the mouth arch, it is not only unsightly, it can also prevent necessary oral hygiene from reaching in between the teeth as well. If left untreated this can cause extensive decay and bone loss.
- Spacing: Many adults are embarrassed by a large space they have between their two front teeth. This gap has been known to become larger over time if left untreated. Spacing can also affect movement of the tongue, in some cases even creating a lisp. Treatment, usually with clear braces, can fix the issue within a year to 15 months.
- Underbite: When lower teeth cover teeth above, severe dental conditions such as muscle and joint pain can occur. Treatment, using clear braces, usually lasts about two years.
Oral Health Issue and Adult Orthodontics
If you are suffering from any of these oral health issues, or others, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tanya Vaysman of Upper Eastside Orthodontists or visit our website.