Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in Orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult Orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after Orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.
Orthodontics is a specialty field of dentistry that diagnoses, prevents and treats irregularities of the teeth and face. Treatment can correct an irregular or "bad" bite, also known as a malocclusion. Orthodontic care involves the use of appliances. There are two main types. Braces are attached to the teeth. Removable appliances are put in and taken out by the patient. These devices can be used to: •Straighten teeth • Correct an irregular bite • Close unsightly gaps • Bring teeth and lips into proper alignment They also can help with procedures in other areas of dentistry. Examples include cosmetic and implant dentistry. In young children, Orthodontic treatment also may guide proper jaw growth and permanent tooth eruption.