Miami Dentists, Drs. Lewis and David Carroll, understand that the foundation for a beautiful smile is a healthy mouth. The inspiration of our blog is to encourage all of our patients to develop diligent oral hygiene habits to prevent infection and other oral health problems. Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry we are able to improve your teeth and smiles quickly, painlessly, and affordably.We want you to smile with confidence!
Monday, August 21, 2017
Are Adult Braces Right for Me? The Ins and Outs of Adult Braces by Aventura Dentist Dr. David Carroll
Did you know you can get fast results like these with adult braces?
Did you know that there are special braces for adults that can
achieve fast results in weeks instead of months? With developments in
orthodontics in recent years, more and more adults are seeking treatment for
oral difficulties they've been experiencing since childhood. There are
significant differences between adult orthodontics and that of children and
teens, however, it's worth knowing what they are before making a decision to
pursue treatment. Here are the main differences between braces for adults and
When you are young your teeth are usually healthier. Adults
often have conditions that younger patients don't, like bone loss between the
roots for adequate blood supply, gingivitis, infections and general bone loss. Adult
bones are also harder and bone metabolism is reduced. For adults it generally takes
longer for bone to adjust to your teeth's new positions. These are known as
biomechanical limitations, which can make tooth realignment a more involved
process in adults than in younger patients.
One of the main reasons patients require braces is to correct a
malocclusion, or improper bite. In adult patients sometimes there is just not
enough room in the mouth to create space for the teeth to move back without
extracting one or more teeth. By adulthood, a patient might also have worn some
of his teeth down, which can make things worse. Typically orthodontists refer
to these problems as perio-restorative issues, and often opt to focus on making
the adult patient's bite functional rather than perfect.
Tooth Extraction Problems
Many adults have had one or more teeth extracted in the past,
and this can present a problem for the orthodontist. Old extraction sites may
not be suitable locations for teeth to move into, unless these are restored by
adding sections of prosthetic bone to the area. Closing gaps between the teeth
caused by extractions – and keeping them closed – is also difficult, because
adult bone doesn't respond to pressure in the same way as growing bone.
Possible Root Problems
Adults have a higher risk for root resorption than children.
This occurs when your body reabsorbs the root of a tooth, leaving the tooth
without anchorage. Factors that play a role in this include family history,
oral habits and the type of roots you have. This is a strong consideration when
considering adult braces.
There are a number of psychological and social factors that
affect adults interested in treatment. These include higher levels of:
·Concern with appearance
·Discomfort from wearing appliances
·Willingness to cooperate with orthodontic instructions
Adult patients obviously want the best results, in the shortest
amount of time and with the lowest level of discomfort or inconvenience. Adults
now make up to 50 percent of orthodontic patients, some practices, like ours, are
focusing on the specifics of adult orthodontics. If you're considering adult
braces call our office to find our if you are a candidate.