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Adult Orthodontics

Why Get Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult?

Orthodontic treatment can correct both functional problems with teeth, such as a hindered ability to chew food caused by irregular teeth formation, and purely aesthetic issues, such as wide spaces between teeth. It’s most common to start orthodontic treatment around the beginning of adolescence, but more and more people nowadays are turning to orthodontic treatment as adults.

There are several reasons why an adult may choose to visit an orthodontist. Perhaps the patient’s parents couldn’t afford braces when he or she was a child; maybe it didn’t seem worth it, but now it does. It could also be that the adult’s teeth problems have gotten progressively worse over the years.

What Problems Can Adult Orthodontics Fix?

Orthodontics correct the positioning of teeth that are too close together, too far apart, or tilt the wrong way. Underbites and overbites can also be adjusted. Practical problems that abnormal teeth formations can cause include trouble chewing, a tendency to accidentally bite the cheek when eating, and difficulty maintaining proper dental hygiene.

There are various aesthetic problems as well. Many adults choose to get orthodontic treatments to help them feel more confident in their smile. Braces can improve one’s self-esteem and quality of life.

What to Expect

If you’re seeking adult orthodontic treatment at Kesteven Dental Care Studio, your dentist will start by evaluating your needs. This process can include taking impressions, X-rays, and photographs of your teeth plus an evaluation of your medical and dental health history. These evaluations will help the dentist determine what type of orthodontics you need.

Braces make it easier for food and bacteria to get trapped in your mouth, increasing the chances of tooth decay. So, you should expect to spend extra time and effort caring for your teeth once you have braces.
Do not hesitate to contact Kesteven Dental Care Studio today to make an appointment with Cam Kesteven, DDS to discuss your orthodontic needs.