Do Orthodontists Treat Adults?
Did you know that 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult? Many adult patients often mistakenly believe that orthodontics is just for children and teenagers, but it’s not.
At Dental Partners of Boston, we offer convenient adult orthodontics that is often invisible to fit the lifestyle of our adult patients. With Invisalign transparent braces, adults can have their teeth straightened without the need for metal construction in their mouth, which can irritate the mouth.
Not taking care of your teeth, including straightening your teeth with orthodontic treatment, can lead to issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. In some cases, the pressure of an incorrect bite can lead to pain in the jaw joints known as TMJ disorder.
Thankfully, adults today have a better awareness of their teeth and know that they can last a lifetime with the right treatment. Adult orthodontics is one way to care for them.
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Why Choose Adult Orthodontics In Boston?
When adults are concerned about their teeth, our Boston Orthodontist, Dr.Yael Frydman can talk them through their options for dental correction. Some of the most commonly corrected issues include:
- Overcrowded teeth
- Teeth that do not fit together naturally
- Pain in the jaw caused by the pressure of crooked or crowded teeth
- Issues in the gums caused by misaligned teeth
Adults choose orthodontic treatment for many reasons, including aesthetics. Whether they need to complete work that wasn’t finished in their teens, or they are starting orthodontic treatment for the first time, adults choose braces to:
- Improve appearance
- Maintain better oral health
- Increase self-confidence
- Prevent major dental issues from developing
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Types Of Adult Orthodontics in Boston
Adults have several different types of braces, and while it’s important to consider your lifestyle and your wishes, you need to take the options that are better for your individual circumstances. All of our dentists will assess your teeth carefully before making a judgment on what would be best. At Dental Partners of Boston, our options include:
- Invisalign clear aligners
- Clear braces
- Traditional metal braces
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
How Long Will I Have Braces?
It’s essential to keep your Invisalign aligners or braces on for as long as our Boston Orthodontist has advised. If the procedure is ended early it can cause the teeth to move back into their crooked position.
The treatment length depends on the issues that need correcting and the type of braces or aligners you have. Most adults wear braces between one and two years.
Some patients request adult orthodontics in Boston because their teeth have shifted as they’ve gotten older. Some patients had braces as teenagers and need to have them again as adults. Invisalign is often the best treatment for these cases but sometimes braces are necessary.
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Medical Complications Due To Orthodontic Issues
Some medical issues that develop because of an irregular bite or crooked teeth can affect your whole body. If you can’t chew your food because of your bite or because of pain in your jaw, you may find yourself at risk of malnourishment or gastrointestinal issues. You may also develop gum disease which can put you at risk of:
- Lung Infection
- Heart disease
Cosmetic Benefits of Adult Orthodontics in Boston
One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. When you feel self-conscious about your smile, you naturally hide it, which actually draws more attention to it. If you have misaligned teeth, you may not smile much at all, which sends out the wrong message to people.
Straightening your teeth with adult orthodontics in Boston can lift your self-esteem and make you feel more inclined to engage with people. Plenty of research suggests that those who have a winning smile do better in life. Not only that, but people also feel happier and healthier when they don’t have to worry about their dental issues.
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Pros and Cons of Adult Orthodontics in Boston
Adult orthodontics has come a long way over the years, and technology has changed to make the process much easier. Discomfort, in the beginning, is common. There are some challenges in adult braces as it takes longer to reposition misaligned teeth. Adult jawbones are not as flexible as a child’s, so patience is necessary. On the other hand, adults are better at caring for their braces than children.
Why Choose Dental Partners of Boston?
At Dental Partners of Boston, our multi-specialty dental practice means that our orthodontists have close communication with other specialists if additional treatment is needed. If you would like to see a cosmetic dentist following treatment, our specialists work together for optimal results.