With the recent development in the field of orthodontics, children and adults alike are increasingly seeking treatment for oral difficulties they have been experiencing. However, there are significant differences between the treatment options for adults as compared to that for children. Take a look at the 5 key factors that warrant for the difference in orthodontic care for adults:
- Age Related Concerns
With age, the bones also become harder and no longer grow, making it tougher to adjust to the teeth’s new positions, which takes even longer to heal as compared to that in younger patients. Such age-related limitations are known as biomedical limitations and include all related problems, such as insufficient bone mass between the roots that allow adequate blood supply, mild gingivitis infections as well as age-related bone loss. Therefore, the treatment has to be highly specialized and altered as per each individual, which also affects the duration of the treatment as well as the final outcome.
- Bite Correction Issues
Most people undergo orthodontic treatment to correct their bite. This is also known as malocclusion. However, in adult patients this process is slightly complicated as more often than not, there is not enough room in the mouth to create space for the teeth to move without extracting a tooth or two; and worn-out and damaged teeth only add to the problem. Such complications are also known as perio-restorative issues and are approached with the aim of making the patients bite functional rather than perfect.
- Tooth Extraction Consideration
In all probability, many adults have had more than one tooth extracted in the past which poses a problem in case of oral restorative treatments. This happens because the old extraction sites may not be suitable locations for teeth to move into, unless they are restored by adding sections of prosthetic bone to the area. And since the chances of adult bones responding to pressure are significantly lower as compared to growing bones, closing such gaps and keeping them closed only add to the problem.
Older patients undergoing orthodontics treatment have a higher risk for root resorption as compared to children. This occurs when your body reabsorbs the root of a tooth, leaving the tooth unanchored. Family history, oral habits, and the tooth composition are the other factors that further intensify this issue.
Adult patients also have a greater risk of developing Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) which can develop during the orthodontic treatment procedure; therefore it is imperative that your dentist carefully assesses the risks of carrying out oral restorative procedures before commencing treatment.
- Psychological Factors
Apart from the health related issues, adults are also affected by a number of psychological and social factors, such as:
-Discomfort from wearing braces
-Expected treatment outcome
-Willingness to comply with suggested procedures
While most adults expect significant changes and results in the shortest amount of time, the reality is far from similar. That is why it is advisable to do adequate research to understand the pros and cons of receiving restorative oral care, the probable outcome as well as the duration and cost implications to be well-prepared.
- Age Related Concerns
So, if you are considering opting for orthodontic correction procedures, be sure to seek appropriate counseling and guidance from a recognized orthodontist to develop a treatment procedure with a personalized focus for achieving the best results.
Dr. Brian Thurman has spent his entire life enjoying all the beauty that California has to offer. A Fresno native, he still escapes to the ocean or the mountains whenever his busy schedule allows. Driven by his love for natural beauty, Dr. Thurman enjoys creating beautiful smiles and healthy bites that last a lifetime. He is proud to be the only Ivy League trained Orthodontist in the Fresno/Clovis area.