Braces for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is often associated with children and teens, however one-in-four orthodontic patients are adults. There are several reasons that adults are taking advantage of modern orthodontic techniques: treatment can enhance lip support, as well as offer a broader, more youthful smile. Also, long term health of the teeth and gums is established with alignment of the teeth.
Treatment aids in your ability to clean between teeth and keep your gums healthy. In some cases, Orthodontic treatment is coordinated with other professionals, including dentists or physicians in order to achieve the desired results.
Preparation for Major Dental Procedures:
These procedures include, but are not limited to implants, veneers, and other dental work. Just like you wouldn’t build a house on sand, it doesn’t make sense to invest money into expensive implants, veneers without first consulting with an orthodontist to make sure the teeth are properly positioned. This will ensure a healthy bite, a solid foundation, and the best aesthetic result for your beautiful new dental work.
TMD (Pain or dysfunction of the Jaw joint):
Jaw pain in teenagers and adults is often related to a poor bite. If your teeth don’t come together properly, your jaw joints may be undergoing damage. A proper, even bite will give you a chance at avoiding TMD problems occurring now, or in the future.
Signs that Orthodontics may help your jaw pain:
- You have to shift your jaw in order to get your teeth to touch
- Your jaw is shifted to one side
- Lower jaw is too far forward, or too far back
- Clicking or popping in your jaw when chewing or speaking
Benefits of Braces for Adults:
Often patients with sleep apnea can benefit from orthodontic treatment. This type of treatment is a team approach, which may include a sleep study, ENT or Oral Surgeon care, and an Orthodontist. The goal is to open up the airway and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea as well as the associated health problems.
Our office has treated hundreds of surgical cases. We have relationships with some of Northern Virginia and D.C.’s top oral surgeons. In a small percentage of people, when the jaws do not meet properly, jaw surgery may be necessary. This type of surgery is known as Orthognathic Surgery. By aligning the jaw positions, these patients are able to have a healthy beautiful smile and a well-balanced facial outcome.