Howard Posner, DDS | Pediatric Dentist
Marc Henderson, DDS, FAGD | General Dentist
Matthew T. Goslee, DMD, MPH | Pediatric Dentist

255 North Main Street
Bristol, CT 06010


For Adults

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

The American Association of Orthodontists recently released the statistic that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. There are adults across the nation that have decided they want to receive treatment, to ensure that their mouth is as healthy as possible and their appearance is something they can be proud of. Orthodontic treatment is not just for the youth, but can make a positive impact on adults as well. 

Some reasons why adults may want to consider orthodontic treatment:

  • Teeth that do not fit together because of a bad bite or malocclusion
  • Teeth that are crowded or have too much space between them, which may or may not cause tooth decay or gum disease
  • Pain or pressure in the jaw caused by teeth that are not straight
  • To have a healthy smile that you can be proud of

Treatment Options for Adults

There are a lot of adults that do not consider orthodontic treatment, because they think that they will have to wear metal braces.  Our orthodontic treatment options include a wide variety of braces and appliances that can provide comfort and still be aesthetically pleasing, so you do not have to deal with metal braces while receiving treatment. Some of the types of braces include:

  • Clear braces
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces

What makes adult orthodontia different than the treatment that children or adolescents receive?

There are not a lot of differences between the orthodontic treatment that a child and an adult receive. But, when a child or an adolescent receives treatment the jawbones of the adolescent may still be developing. When treating an adult, the jawbones have usually stopped developing and growing, which may mean that the treatment plan requires orthognathic surgery. This surgical procedure will ensure that the jawbones are aligned properly. Some of the other noticeable differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — It is more likely that an adult is going to experience gum disease than a child. Gum disease can often result in gum recession or bone loss. Patients with straight teeth are also less likely to have any type of gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — The older that a patient is, the more likely it is that they may have teeth that have become worn down or have shifted into a different position. These problems can often be corrected with orthodontic care. If a patient is missing a tooth, it can also cause other teeth to shift or even tilt. This may create a bad bite and will increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — A large portion of adult patients started an orthodontic treatment when they were young, but never completed it. As an adult, they return to finish their treatment.

We understand that children and adults require different levels of attention and care. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are getting the treatment that is best for you. We strive to fulfill all of your dental needs with understanding, respect, and a full-time commitment.

Why would orthodontic treatment be necessary?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are aligned properly are easier to clean simply by flossing and brushing. Having a higher level of oral health can also decrease or prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — If you are not confident in your smile, orthodontic treatment can help you boost your self-confidence. You will be able to smile without holding back or hesitating!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — If you do not get the orthodontic treatment that you should get, when it is needed, your problem may become even more sever and more expensive to fix.

If you have questions about adult orthodontics or you are interested in an orthodontic consultation, do not hesitate to call us and set an appointment.  We will work with your schedule, to make sure that your visit is as convenient as possible. 

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