Treatment options for adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens; we now treat double the amount of adults we did 5 years ago! Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment
A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Why you should consider treatment
Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems
A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
Difference between adult and children orthodontics
There are few actual differences between adult and child orthodontics. However, in children and teens the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, meaning treatment of a similar bite needs to be planned differently. On average, adult teeth also won’t move as fast as in teens, due to a slower metabolism. Other differences include:
Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease
Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of getting gum disease or losing additional teeth.
Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Our practice also recognises that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However today’s orthodontic treatment options, offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customised to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Invisible | Clear Aligners
Invisible aligner treatment uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. No one can tell you are wearing them because it’s invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brush and floss with less of a hassle.
Lingual braces | Suresmile
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customised to match the shape of your teeth and the metal appliances are created uniquely for you.
Traditional metal braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires.