What are some major differences between kid’s and adult’s orthodontic treatment?

Being fitted with braces as an adult is much different than choosing a type of treatment as a child. There are other factors to consider as an adult, as well as the overall state of the teeth, something that may need to be carefully reviewed if no type of support has been given before this point in time.

Between 1994 and 2004, the number of orthodontic patients ages 18 and older who have opted to undergo an oral change increased by 58 percent. Data from the American Association of Orthodontists indicates that this number now sits at about 1.1 million patients annually.

Three Primary Considerations

The three main considerations to keep in mind while deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment include:

  • Age-related conditions: If you have waited years to undergo any form of orthodontic treatment, there many be present issues in your mouth that require more attention than others. Adults often suffer from different issues than children, such as gingivitis, bone loss and even tooth loss. Realignment at times can be harder with these issues in mind, but it’s important that they are known before treatment begins.
  • Complete expectations: What do you desire as the outcome of treatment? Having expectations in line with the capabilities of treatment is essential, as well as knowing what kind of treatment you want and overall willingness to comply with orthodontic instructions.
  • Types of treatment: Understand your options when it comes to treatment. There are many types of orthodontic wearables available including metal braces, iBraces and Invisalign. Base your choice on your lifestyle, desired treatment timeframe and overall costs.

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