Adults and orthodontic treatment, why do so many think NOW is the perfect time to begin? Many orthodontist’s will agree that an increasing number of patients they see on a daily basis are adults. One of the main reasons adults seek orthodontic care is dissatisfaction with their dental and/or facial appearance. Another common reason is the need for isolated dental movements so other procedures can be executed within an interdisciplinary treatment plan. This accompanying the fact that cosmetic procedures are becoming increasingly popular in all areas of aesthetics.
Most adults remember the horror stories of braces from when they were growing up. We often joke at Aleman, Sternstein & McDaniel that parents will send the kids in to “test the waters” before starting treatment themselves. With advancements in orthodontics, the wires and brackets are more discreet and comfortable. Many wearing braces have stated that it is not as they had feared and for the most part has not impacted their daily lives.
With that being said, there are a few areas where it is better to have youth on your side. For example, like most of us teeth can be set in their ways. Teeth are held in place by elastic fibers. When the tooth is moved to the proper position the fibers move with the tooth but are still stretched. This stretching causes the tooth to want to move back to the original location. This is why retention is so important (we will cover this topic in another blog). The longer the tooth is not in the proper location the more “memory” the elastic fibers will have and the more prone to relapse.