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What Is It Like For Adult To Get Braces
Any extra problems when getting braces as an adult? I'd like to get braces and never had them as a kid. Is there anything extra, or extra problems that adults need to worry about?
Although : Although orthodontists sometimes use the same braces for both adults and children there are many differences in the way they are treated. Adults may present with some degree of periodontal involvement that must be addressed. Also, many adults have missing or worn down teeth, crowns or bridges that were made to fit their old bite, or they may have health issues or are taking medications that may affect tooth movement. Because of these complications, many orthodontists will discourage adults seeking treatment, while others are eager to take on the challenge. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that i'm an adult, i would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde
Many : Many underbites have a skeletal component, meaning that the jaws as well as the teeth are mal aligned. In those cases, simply aligning the teeth will not correct the problem. However, some underbites, sometimes call pseudo-class iii malocclusions, do not have a skeletal component and can be corrected very nicely with braces alone. Your orthodontist can do a simple analysis to diagnose your underbite and advise a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can i still get braces if I have missing teeth? I'm an adult who would like to get braces, but i'm also missing a few teeth in the back of my mouth. Will that affect my ability to wear braces of any sort?
As : As dr. Mcleod advised, you can still get braces even if you have some missing teeth. The question is: do you have spacing between your front teeth or are your teeth crowded? If you have spacing, it may be due to a collapsed bite secondary to a loss of vertical dimension. In other words, by loosing the support of your back teeth, your mouth may be "over closing" and your lower teeth are exerting outward pressure on your upper teeth, causing the spacing. Unable to exactly see if this is your problem, have the dentist who will treat you evaluate you for replacement of your molars. This can be done with either a fixed or removable prosthesis. By re-establishing the pillars of support in the posterior, you will help prevent further collapse of your bite, and will allow for orthodontic success. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different reasons: Some adults seek orthodontic treatment for purely cosmetic reasons to correct unsightly crowding or an uneven smile line. Others seek treatment for functional reasons associated with an uneven bite, destructive wear patterns, and difficulty chewing. Patients with jaw joint problems or facial pain when chewing may also seek an orthodontist for relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Your choice: there are differences in treatment and metal will always be faster, cheeper and more effective, but typically we can get the same great results using either, so in the ned, at least in most cases, its more your choice. Talk to your orthodontist to more fully understand the differences in time and price ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Jaw expansion appliances for adults in braces? I've been told by 3 different orthodontists that due to overcrowding i need to have either 4 bicuspids pulled or have orthognathic surgery. They all told me i need to decide before i get the braces put on on
Caution: Seeking second opinions are an excellent way to proceed towards making an informed decision for what's best for you. The extraction of teeth is an evidenced-based approach that is superior treatment for patients with substantial crowding or protrusion. Typically, surgery and extractions are not interchangeable. In l.A., it might be advisable to visit an ortho dept. At usc, ucla, or loma linda. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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