Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids anymore. Adults have been asking for years whether they can wear braces too and whether adult orthodontic treatment is possible. The answer is ‘yes’. Most adults can wear braces. However, it is important to keep in mind that the dentist will need to assess your current oral health to determine whether or not a patient is an ideal candidate for braces.
Adult braces and orthodontic treatment is becoming a growing trend. Many adults feel that braces are only for children, and they will look out-of-place or foolish with braces on their teeth. Celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Tom Cruise, Danny Glover, and Nicholas Cage, have publicly worn braces, proving that even the biggest names in Hollywood are willing to proudly show off their “tin grins.”
When you are ready to investigate orthodontic treatment further, you will first need to book an appointment with an orthodontist for a consultation. A consultation is a great opportunity to ask questions about orthodontics and braces, voice any concerns or fears you may have about braces, and get a rough estimate of the cost associated with braces and orthodontic treatment.
During the consultation appointment, the dentist or orthodontist will give you a general assessment on whether or not wearing braces could be an option for you. If you decide to go ahead with the orthodontic records appointment, your dentist will be able to fully access your malocclusion by studying radiographs, photos and study models that were made from the dental impressions taken during the records appointment.
Your dentist will put together a treatment plan for you to consider, based on the findings. There are some cases where there may be more than one option for you to consider. Some examples would be:
- Treating the maxillary or mandibular teeth
- Using various appliances throughout your treatment
- Performing extractions, which might be necessary for your treatment to be successful
A final consultation will be scheduled between yourself and the dentist to determine the treatment plan that best suits your needs and to discuss and select the type of orthodontic brackets that you will be wearing. The final consultation appointment is also used to discuss the cost of your braces, payment arrangements and dental insurance matters. A contract is generally signed to complete the administrative process. Once all is said and done, your first treatment appointment will be scheduled, and your orthodontic journey will begin.
Healthy Jaw Joints
Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:
- Neck Pain
- Earaches or ringing in ears
- Clicking or locking jaws
- Difficulty opening jaws