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Can orthodontic treatment do for me what it does for children?

Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected as easily for adults as for children. Teeth are moved in the same way for both children and adults. Adult treatment may take longer because the bones are mature. Complicating factors, such as lack of jaw growth, may create different treatment planning needs for the adult, but you would need to consult with your orthodontist about it.

 
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How does adult treatment differ from that of children and adolescents?

Adults are not growing and may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and the bone that supports the teeth. Orthodontic treatment may then be only a part of the patient's overall treatment plan. Close coordination may be required among the orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist and family dentist to assure that the treatment plan is managed well.

 
Q.

My family dentist said I need to have some missing teeth replaced, but I need orthodontic treatment first - why?

Your dentist is probably recommending orthodontics so that he or she might treat you in the best manner possible to bring you to optimal dental health. Many complicated tooth restorations, such as crowns, bridges and implants, can be best accomplished when the remaining teeth are properly aligned and the bite is correct.

 
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When permanent teeth are lost, is it common for the remaining teeth to drift, tip or shift?

Yes, and this movement can create a poor bite and uneven spacing that cannot be restored properly unless the missing teeth are replaced. Tipped teeth usually need to be straightened so they can withstand normal biting pressures in the future.

 
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My teeth have been crooked for many years - why should I have orthodontic treatment now?

It’s never too late! Orthodontic treatment, when indicated, is a positive step—especially for adults who have endured a long-standing problem. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function. And teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.

 
Sania

After getting braces, my teeth looked amazing and finally straight! The pain was bearable, and my braces were easy to adapt to.

- Sania

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