Orthodontics may seem the same across the board, in terms treatment types, patient ages and issues that may be fixed, but for older patients, this may not be true.
An adult orthodontic plan is often considered to be different than that of a child. During childhood and into adolescence, the teeth are constantly changing, forming in the mouth and pushing baby teeth out. The bone of the teeth is soft and easily malleable, and as braces or other forms of treatment move the teeth, the process is able to occur gradually and with little to no complications.
Possible Difficulties for Adults
On the other hand, adults may have a more difficult time moving the teeth, as the bone has become resistant to change. Resettling of the teeth can also be unpredictable, as by this time the teeth are often worn, causing misalignment in some patients. Orthodontists do realize this issue though, and through a process called occlusal equilibration reshape the teeth to align more perfectly. This may entail selective grinding and polishing, as well as replacing fillings or fixing crowns so teeth mesh together in a more form fitting manner.
During your consultation with Dr. Tanya Vaysman, your personal issues will be discussed and a plan will be created to ensure each is taken care of in a timely efficient manner based on the braces choice.
Types of Adult Braces
There are many types of braces available for treatment including metal and ceramic braces, as well as iBraces and Invisalign. UESO is also offering a new form of treatment, AcceleDent. This is a lightweight, comfortable form of treatment that is used for 20 minutes per day every day. Over time it moves the teeth through gentle micropulse technology.
To learn more about any of these options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tanya Vaysman or visit our website.