Adult Treatment

Adult Treatment Old Tappan, NJOrthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment.

Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now. Other adults, who had treatment as children, may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in initial treatment.

Benefits of Treatment
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These ways include:

  • Align the teeth to create a more esthetic and beautiful smile
  • Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear
  • Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
  • Create a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or a poor bite
  • Jaw surgery to correct a discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws.

Appearance of Braces
Many adults are concerned with the appearance of braces. Often, Invisalign® (an invisible alternative to braces) can be used to treat adults. This technology involves clear removable aligners, fabricated through advanced 3D imaging to align the teeth. For more severe problems, we have the option of clear ceramic brackets instead of metal.

Soreness/Discomfort
Orthodontic treatment is no more uncomfortable for adults than children. Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment report the same level of soreness as children (although adults are more willing to tell us about the soreness).

Typically, the teeth are most uncomfortable 12 to 24 hours after an orthodontic adjustment and this discomfort subsides within 3 to 5 days. Modern appliances are smaller and more comfortable to wear. Modern archwires put less pressure on the teeth, and usually increase the time required between adjustments to every 6 to 8 weeks.

Cost
The fee for adult orthodontic treatment is determined in the same manner as child or adolescent treatment. It is based on the severity of the problem, the complexity of the correction, the appliances used and the length of time to correct the malocclusion.

Dr. Jenkins has treated individuals in their 50’s, 60’s and even their 70’s. It is never too late to gain the smile you have always wanted.

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