Today, it’s just as common to see adults with braces as adolescents. With the variety of low-visibility braces options available, even adults with high-profile jobs can discreetly have their alignment issues addressed with Walter R. Below D.M.D., Inc. in Westlake, OH. But what are the other differences between child and adult braces outcomes to be aware of?
Adult Braces Treat Less Severe Problems
With teens, teeth and jawbones are still in the development stage. This makes their position more malleable and makes realignment issues easier to take care of. In the case of adults, teeth and bones are fully developed. Adult jawbones don’t respond as readily to the pressure from braces as youngsters, and there’s no getting around that fact. Ultimately, adult braces can only treat mild to moderate alignment problems, whereas teen braces can treat severe overbites, underbites and other oral alignment problems. If adult braces are used for severe misalignment situations, the outcome won’t be as dramatic, even after extended treatment.
Longer Treatment Time For Adults Than Teens
Because adult teeth and bone are more permanently fixed, they don’t respond as quickly to treatment as teens. This means that, even if the case may be mild, a longer treatment time is typically needed for adults. With teens, even severe alignment issues often take just two years in braces. A mild to moderate alignment issue in an adult may take two and a half or three years to correct. Naturally, individual circumstances vary, and the length of actual treatment time will depend on the situation, the type of braces that are chosen and other factors.
If you’re an adult with alignment issues or gaps in your teeth, braces may be the best solution. Talk to your dentist in Westlake, OH, to learn more about your options for low-visibility braces, treatment time and expected options. We look forward to answering all of your questions. Contact us today to book your appointment!