New methods, more comfort
Although most adult orthodontics in the past were done by heavy force systems, an increasing trend is applying light force systems to straighten teeth. At our clinic, we use very light wire systems that apply light forces to straighten teeth. The brackets that are used in conjunction with these are unique in that they use free-slide technology, maximizing comfort.
Light force systems for orthodontics have proven that you do not have to use heavy force systems to straighten teeth. Not only were these systems causing discomfort, but they were no more effective than light forces. We have also noticed that for most cases, treatment time is generally quicker. Since one of the more dreaded facts about orthodontic treatment is the time frame that is required, this is obviously a major benefit for many individuals.
Orthodontics has traditionally been considered a treatment used during childhood. Indeed, the early years are when most dental issues arise and young patients benefit greatly from receiving treatment early on. But now more adults are making the choice to undergo orthodontic treatments to address a number of issues. In fact, of all the orthodontic patients being treated in Canada, almost half are adults. This highlights the importance of orthodontic care throughout your entire life. Understanding how changes in the alignment and function of your teeth and jaw can affect other areas of health gives you the knowledge you need to stay healthy and pain free.
It’s never too late for orthodontics
What you may not realize is that many dental issues don’t appear until the adult years. Once the teeth are no longer growing, certain problems can arise and must be adequately addressed through orthodontic procedures. It’s never too late to receive high-quality orthodontic care. In addition, adult orthodontics can be applied to a number of dental issues.
For most patients, the reason for undergoing treatment is completely cosmetic. Many people experience issues with low self-esteem and are hesitant to smile openly around others. This can have a personal and professional impact on their life. Adults with dental alignment issues are less likely to feel comfortable meeting new people or appearing in front of an audience.
Orthodontics improve overall health
Beyond the cosmetic solutions that orthodontics for adults provides are the benefits to the general health of patients. Many medical issues are directly related to the alignment of the teeth and jaw. Issues such as cross bite and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction are sources of pain throughout the head and neck. Difficulties with chewing and digestion can also be linked to the alignment of your teeth, making orthodontics one of the most powerful solutions to chronic ailments. By addressing both major issues right away, you can get the relief you’ve been seeking through other ineffective approaches. Even addressing minor issues can help prevent more drastic pain and health problems.
New approaches to orthodontics
The technologies and procedures of orthodontics have evolved considerably in the last few years. Alternatives to traditional braces have given adults the ability to correct alignment issues with minimal disruption. In many cases, the discomfort of traditional braces can be replaced by more custom tailored solutions. Invisible braces offer a more aesthetically pleasing solution for adults who are hesitant to wear braces. But those who do require more traditional orthodontic treatments can rest easy. The brackets that are used in braces are much smaller, and don’t require many of the accessories that they once did.
Correcting alignment issues of the teeth helps prevent serious dental and general health problems. By reducing the buildup of plaque, and improving the mechanics of the jaw, you can avoid problems that lead to considerable pain and future costly treatments. As more adults continue to discover the options available to them, orthodontics for adults will continue to provide the solutions they need. Treatments are no longer exclusively for children and teenagers.