The reasons for adult orthodontics are as diverse as they are for children, and given the proper pressure, teeth can be moved at any age.
Saving teeth and better chewing abilities are prime reasons for adult orthodontics. The two go hand in hand, because crooked teeth and malocclusions like crossbite and overbite are often forerunners of periodontal gum disease. The resulting change in facial appearance after treatment is a happy side effect in most instances. Striking personality changes have been noted in people when their chin no longer recedes behind buck teeth, or their jaw no longer thrusts out!
Although more problems regarding the health of the teeth and gums must be anticipated in adult orthodontics, the diagnosis is easier because the surprises aren't there, such as the unpredictable jaw growth spurts found in children!
Adults tend to be more enthusiastic and cooperative and far less likely to leave parts of their braces behind in restaurants!
Treatment techniques are usually the same in both adult and child orthodontics. In both situations, however, light forces, rather than strong forces, are used to move the teeth, and the use of headgear may not be necessary in most adult cases.
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