Did you know that 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces? Twenty-five percent of that number are adults. The braces that are available today are quite different than what was available when you were a child. You’ve probably heard of brands like Invisalign that gradually straighten your teeth through the process of wearing a group of clear and removable retainers. Because of advancements like Invisalign, more and more adults are seeking solutions to correct alignment issues that were not addressed in childhood.
Have you been wanting to straighten your teeth? It’s not too late.
Biomechanical Limitations You May Face
It is better to get braces as a child. The bones of a child are still soft and growing. They do not suffer from bone loss and their tissue is more adaptable to adjustments. If you are an adult who is getting or considering braces, you should understand the challenges you might face.
Previous tooth extraction sites may present complications. When you lose a tooth, bone loss occurs underneath the empty pocket. We might have to add prosthetic bone. This involves a routine procedure with minimal discomfort that is easily managed.
Compromised Oral Health
Children are usually in better health than adults. It is not uncommon for an adult to have mild gingivitis or periodontitis. Do not worry! We will address these concerns before we get started.
As you age and stop growing, your bones become harder and less dense. Compromised bone mass in the mouth can lead to inadequate blood flow at the root of the tooth. It will be more difficult for your mouth as a whole to shift and re-adjust into the right positions.
Make An Appointment
Have you always regretted not getting braces as a child? Is your overbite getting worse and causing you problems? Are you ready to have straight teeth and a healthy smile? Call Ford Dental Group today at (714) 409-6161.