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Adult Orthodontics

By: Dr Gerald Kaplan

Have you noticed how many adults are wearing orthodontic bands and wondered why?

Very few people like to talk about their dental treatment but adult orthodontics has become more and more popular for a host of very good reasons.

Let’s explore some of the reasons why adult orthodontics is indicated…

Unfortunately many people have lost permanent teeth at a young age. This results in drifting and shifting of the remaining teeth causing a change in the bite which can be corrected even as an adult.

  1. Many adult patients have not had the benefit of orthodontics as a child and have grown self-conscious about the look of their teeth.
  2. As a result of periodontal disease and bone loss the permanent teeth drift and shift and need to be brought back into position to facilitate further treatment
  3. The placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth requires adequate space between the remaining teeth. Many times the space is inadequate and can be regained with orthodontic treatment.
  4. Patients become self-conscious of the aesthetic appearance of their teeth.
  5. Orthognatic surgery to correct majorly mal aligned jaws requires preliminary orthodontic treatment prior to the surgery.

All these conditions are frequently identified in a routine prosthodontic consultation. It is with careful questioning that the desire of patients are identified and the appropriate treatment can then be planned.

Don’t be afraid of adult orthodontics. It is highly predictable and the bands can even be hidden behind the teeth so as to not have the world know what is happening.

Don’t be shy to explore the possibility of adult orthodontics… It may certainly be worth the time and effort spent.

Give us a call.

By: Dr Gerald Kaplan

Have you noticed how many adults are wearing orthodontic bands and wondered why?

Very few people like to talk about their dental treatment but adult orthodontics has become more and more popular for a host of very good reasons.

Let’s explore some of the reasons why adult orthodontics is indicated…

Unfortunately many people have lost permanent teeth at a young age. This results in drifting and shifting of the remaining teeth causing a change in the bite which can be corrected even as an adult.

  1. Many adult patients have not had the benefit of orthodontics as a child and have grown self-conscious about the look of their teeth.
  2. As a result of periodontal disease and bone loss the permanent teeth drift and shift and need to be brought back into position to facilitate further treatment
  3. The placement of dental implants to replace missing teeth requires adequate space between the remaining teeth. Many times the space is inadequate and can be regained with orthodontic treatment.
  4. Patients become self-conscious of the aesthetic appearance of their teeth.
  5. Orthognatic surgery to correct majorly mal aligned jaws requires preliminary orthodontic treatment prior to the surgery.

All these conditions are frequently identified in a routine prosthodontic consultation. It is with careful questioning that the desire of patients are identified and the appropriate treatment can then be planned.

Don’t be afraid of adult orthodontics. It is highly predictable and the bands can even be hidden behind the teeth so as to not have the world know what is happening.

Don’t be shy to explore the possibility of adult orthodontics… It may certainly be worth the time and effort spent.

Give us a call.

That sounds ridiculous!?

Yes – adults can also have orthodontics!

Yes – many times adults need orthodontics!~

Strange but true.

How many adults have you seen walking around with braces on the teeth?

But why?

Everybody wants a beautiful smile with sound healthy teeth to last a lifetime.

The surprise comes when being told that orthodontics is part of the total treatment plan…

  • With time teeth may have drifted and shifted into the incorrect position making the implant placement impossible without correcting the bite.
  • You may be experiencing pain in the joints of the jaw.
  • You may need orthognathic surgery to correct a jaw relationship.
  • You may be grinding your teeth excessively causing wear and tear
  • You just want a beautiful smile and orthodontics was not affordable when you were younger.

The finest dentistry begins with a comprehensive examination and treatment plan. You may need orthodontics.

Give us a call. You will be happy that you did.

 

 

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