Do adults need braces?
When you hear the word “braces,” you likely think of a teenager correcting crooked teeth or an overbite. However, these concerns can also occur in adulthood, and adult braces are more common than you think. Adult orthodontics is also popular after having another procedure on the teeth, such as placing veneers, dental crowns or implants.
Your orthodontist may recommend braces if they notice any of these conditions during examinations:
- Crowded or overly spaced teeth
- Malocclusion, otherwise known as an over or underbite
- Crooked teeth
- Irregularities in the face or jaw structure
Avoiding braces when you need them can lead to pronounced difficulties down the road, such as trouble eating or cleaning teeth, headaches, self-consciousness and an increased risk of dental damage.
Our braces for adult teeth
Although braces are for people of any age, the options become more limited for adults. Typically, kids get braces between the ages of 10 and 14 because their adult teeth have grown in, but their jaw hasn’t finished developing. This stage makes it the perfect time to correct misalignments with the teeth.
In adulthood, the jaw is fully developed, so braces can take longer to work. Orthodontists are also unable to use other assistive technology, like headgear and spacers. Most adults choose one of these options for corrective procedures.