Braces For Grown-Ups

Braces aren't just for kids and teenagers. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. “Braces are the gold standard of orthodontic treatment,” say New York cosmetic dentists Steven E. Roth, DMD, who stresses their exceptional ability to correct complex bite problems since they exert force on each individual tooth.

For those who have overlapping, crowding or spaces larger than five millimeters, braces realign the teeth and shift the smile back into place. “Braces are really the way to go when exact, comprehensive treatment is needed. They can correct minor spacing concerns as well as those that are more severe, like rotated or tipped teeth, as well as a protruding jaw or pushed-back lower arch,” he says.

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  • Bob S. Perkins D.D.S.
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    Orthodontics is so much more than we have been conditioned to believe. "Teeth straightening" is just a small piece of the pie. Orthodontics can be much more orthopedic in nature if we think of developing the entire face...the profile, the broadness/fullness of the smile. In the right hands, the jaw can be brought forward comfortably and in many cases, it can be concurrent with the elimination of TMJ symptoms. Too many people have retruded jaws, or teeth that incline back into the mouth. This is never a good thing...the tongue doesn't like it and it is not flattering to have a face that is developed inwards, regardless of whether the teeth a straight or not. I can tell if the teeth are straight and if the smile is broad usually just by looking at someone's profile; if the chin is set back I will expect front teeth that protrude out (overbite). I will also suspect crowded teeth and narrow arches. If the person has a "full face" and a good profile, I can conclude that the teeth are probably fairly straight and that the smile is full and broad. Orthodontics, conventionally applied, is somewhat limited in scope, but if we think outside the box, moving teeth and moving the bone that supports those teeth is amazingly advantageous to the can do very big things: eliminate TMJ symptoms, increase airway and tongue space and reduce the effects of sleep apnea, AND create a balanced, neuromuscularly sound face and dentition.

  • Erika Hinsdale
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    I have had invisalign for about a year now. Actually just got fitted for my next set of trays this morning. Even though they take a much longer amount of time than regular braces, I love being able to remove them if need be. However, that is also the most difficult part about having invisalign. Leaving them on when they are hurting a lot, particularly the first day or so after starting a new tray. Knowing in the back of your mind the thing that is causing you pain can be easily removed is not easy to get over. Keep the oragel and advil handy; keep thinking it will be worth it. Results that will put a smile on your face.

  • Joyce
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    As an adult wha hoad braces as a child and again as an adult I can honestly say that wearing braces as an adult is tough. Its not only about vanity and embarrassment - it is painful and time consuming and when trying to juggle a family, a job and a love life - aq mouth of metal doesnt make life easier. How effective are the clear alternatives?

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    The popularity of patients wanting Invisalign is not surprising, although traditional Braces are important and needed in many adult cases. Braces do have the ability to correct complex bites problems and have more force on each tooth. Whatever the specific case calls for, fixing one's smile and improving their oral-health is extremely important. “A smile is the universal welcome.“ -Max Eastman

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    No doubt that braces can create more precise orthodontic movement and if using the porcelain brackets they will be so much less noticeable. Most adults want an invisible way of moving teeth, hence, the success rate of Invisalign. However, more complex problems require the 'old fashion' but still in fashion way of improving the smile. the main thing is to have your malocclusion corrected anyway possible in order to improve the bone/root ratio so your smile can last in good health indefinitely.

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