Know the facts when considering orthodontic treatment as an adult
It’s a new year, you have made your resolutions, and on the top of your list is looking (and feeling) healthy! As a part of looking healthy and with the understanding that on-camera meetings are here to stay, you may be curious about straightening your teeth. You are not alone, according to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adult (18 years+) patients now outweigh teens/kids in treatment.
A common misperception is that you may be too old for orthodontic treatment or your situation is too difficult to consider treatment but this is NOT the case. The deciding factor on whether a patient is a good candidate for treatment is the health of their teeth and gums NOT their age.
If the convenience of taking a selfie and receiving your orthodontic treatment by mail is attractive, you should be aware of the mail-order treatment process and the potential hidden dangers of a one-size-fits-all treatment plan An in-person consultation is the best way for you to get the proper diagnosis and treatment which will be customized just for you. Also, being actively monitored by an AAO orthodontic specialist throughout your treatment will help to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and you will be able to have the opportunity to have your questions answered by the treating doctor. Your health history and habits should be discussed with the doctor so that you receive the best treatment possible.
Items to think about when meeting with an AAO orthodontist:
- Missing Teeth
- Misshapen or worn teeth
- Dental disease
- Periodontal disease
- Habits like smoking, clenching or grinding teeth, or tongue thrusting
All of these items can affect the outcome of your treatment. Plus, for some adults to reach optimal dental health, your dentist and orthodontist will work in partnership and may need to call in other dental specialists such as oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists.
In short, NO, you are never too old for orthodontic treatment as long as you have healthy teeth and gums. Orthodontists are experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. The best way to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile at any age is to seek out an AAO orthodontic specialist.
Find an orthodontist near you at https://www.aaoinfo.org/locator.