Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of an amazing smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. In our practice, approximately 30% of our patients are adults, with ages going as high as 70 years old! That’s right, you’re never too old to have a beautiful smile you can be proud of. Make sure to check out why our patients choose us for their orthodontic care.
Understandably, some adults are not thrilled about the prospect of having regular braces. This is the reason why we at Amazing Smiles Orthodontics were one of the first in the area to adopt the Invisalign® system, a series of clear “aligners” that gently straighten your teeth “invisibly”. Dr. Mastroianni is a certified Premier Provider of Invisalign. For those adults who do wish to have braces, please know that we offer a very esthetic ceramic style that blends very nicely with your natural teeth.
Although orthodontists can move adult teeth almost as easily as kid’s teeth, the big difference is that, with no growth to work with, it is harder to correct “overbites” and other skeletal problems in adults.
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.
Female patients on certain medications for osteoporosis may experience slowed or nonexistent tooth movement. If you are taking medication for osteoporosis or osteopenia make sure you inform your doctor.