Bay Area Orthodontics

Adults and Orthodontics

Are you past your teen years but still dealing with the same dental issues, including bite misalignment, gaps between teeth, or overcrowded teeth? Does the thought of getting braces as an adult terrify you?

Many people assume that braces are only for teens or pre-teens, but at Bay Area Orthodontics, we believe anyone who wants a better and healthier smile should have access to orthodontic treatment, regardless of age.

If you’re an adult looking for orthodontic treatment, book your appointment with us today!

The Emerging Trend of Adult Orthodontics

Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was predominantly associated with adolescents transitioning into adulthood.

Orthodontists once primarily worked with younger patients as the jawbones are still malleable, allowing for easier and quicker treatment. However, with advancements in technology and techniques, adult orthodontics have become increasingly popular over the years.

According to this report, 32% of adult Americans and Canadians are getting orthodontic treatments. The rising number of adults opting for orthodontic treatment can be attributed to the evolving social norms. What used to be a shameful practice is now considered a step toward self-improvement.

Common Orthodontic Problems with Adult Teeth

Adults who never had orthodontic treatments when they were younger deal with the same issues as teens, often to a greater degree.

Spacing Problems

One common issue adults face is spacing problems, sometimes with significant gaps between teeth. These gaps can result from missing teeth, small teeth relative to jaw size, or periodontal (gum) issues.

Aside from excessive spaces, overcrowding is another spacing problem adults often deal with. Orthodontic treatment can effectively close these gaps or make space for crowding teeth. With time and proper care, adults can enjoy a beautiful, evenly-spaced smile.

Talk to our orthodontists to discover the best orthodontic treatment for your spacing problems.

Bite Problems

Adults often experience bite problems such as the following:
  • Crossbite: A crossbite occurs when one or more upper teeth bite inside of the lower teeth.
  • Deep Bite: This issue is characterized by the upper front teeth covering too much lower front teeth when biting down.
  • Open Bite: This problem occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t overlap, leaving a gap between them.
  • Overbite: This issue occurs when the top front teeth overlay with the bottom front teeth.
  • Protrusion: Protrusion is when the upper front teeth stick out too far forward while the lower front teeth are further back.
  • Underbite: An underbite is a condition where the lower front teeth stick out past or cover the upper front teeth.
These malocclusions can lead to chewing difficulties, jaw pain, and even TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. Orthodontic interventions can correct these bite issues, restoring proper alignment and function.

Misaligned Midlin

A misaligned midline occurs when the center of the upper front teeth does not align with the center of the lower front teeth. This misalignment can cause an asymmetrical appearance, affecting self-confidence. The midline can be adjusted and improved over time with orthodontic treatment to create a more symmetrical smile.

Jaw Pain or TMJ

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, can develop due to bite problems or misaligned teeth. Various dental issues can cause TMJ, including jaw clenching, bruxism (teeth grinding), or stress.

TMJ can cause jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Orthodontic treatment can alleviate some symptoms by realigning the bite and reducing stress on the jaw joint.

The Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatments for adults can provide a host of benefits beyond just an improved smile. From pain relief to better oral health, here are some advantages of adult orthodontics.

Improved Looks and Confidence

Did you know that almost two-thirds of the adult population are conscious or insecure about their smiles? Whether they’re trying to hide dental issues or feel self-conscious about how their teeth look, poor dental appearance can affect confidence levels.

Undergoing adult orthodontic treatment can help improve the look of your teeth and overall smile. As a result, you may find yourself smiling more often, feeling more confident in social situations, and even taking better care of your oral health.

Our experienced orthodontists can give you a healthier and brighter smile.

Better Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment improves the appearance of teeth and contributes to better oral health. By correcting misalignments, gaps, and bite issues, orthodontic treatment can make it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.

Crowded or crooked teeth are more challenging to clean, increasing the risk of plaque buildup and gum disease. Orthodontic interventions can straighten the teeth, making them easier to brush and floss effectively.

Prevention of Bigger Dental Issues

Addressing orthodontic problems can prevent more significant dental issues later in life. By correcting bite problems and alignment issues, adult orthodontics helps prevent excessive wear on teeth, gum recession, and jaw joint disorders. Moreover, orthodontic treatments can alleviate pain and discomfort caused by bite issues so you can enjoy your day without painful distractions.

Adult Orthodontics vs Kids’ and Teens’ Treatment

Adult orthodontics differs from orthodontic treatment in children and teenagers in several ways. For one, adults may have fully developed jawbones, which can affect treatment planning. This difference in jaw development may demand longer treatment times and more complex procedures.

Adults may also have dental health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, or missing teeth. These conditions can affect the orthodontic treatment needed to achieve optimal results.

Orthodontic treatment is for everyone. Read more in this blog post.

Treatment Options Available for Adults

Advancements in orthodontic technology have expanded adult treatment options, providing more discreet and convenient alternatives to traditional braces. Some popular options include:
  • Clear Aligners (e.g., Invisalign): These are custom-made, clear aligners that gradually move teeth into position. They are removable and virtually invisible, making them popular among adults.
  • Ceramic Braces: These are braces made of tooth-colored ceramic materials that blend with the natural tooth color, making them less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
  • Lingual Braces: Braces attached to the back surface of teeth, hiding them from view.
  • Traditional Braces: Metal braces with brackets and wires are effective for correcting even complex orthodontic issues.
When considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, consulting with an experienced orthodontist specializing in adult orthodontics like those at Bay Area Orthodontics is a must. Our experts can evaluate your specific needs, discuss treatment options, and create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile without disrupting your lifestyle.
Book Your Appointment Today

Adult orthodontics offers numerous benefits beyond just aesthetics — it can improve oral health, prevent dental issues, and enhance your self-esteem. With various treatment options tailored to adults, achieving a straighter smile is more accessible and discreet than ever before.

If you want a straighter and brighter smile, the orthodontists at Bay Area Orthodontics can help. Book your appointment today and let us bring your dream smile to life.

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If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call Bay Area Orthodontics today at (408) 709-7599 and our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you.

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