Adult Treatment

 
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We are frequently asked “Am I too old for treatment” or people say “It is too late for me now.” The simple answer is, “No, there is no age limit” and in fact we have had quite a few patients over 70 years of age. As long as your gums and the bone surrounding the teeth are healthy, anyone can be treated at any age. More than a quarter of all our patients are classified as adults, that is, over 18 years of age.
 

Adults come to us for several reasons:

  • The appearance of their teeth has concerned them for years and, now that they are adults, their appearance may be affecting their self-esteem or job prospects.
  • They may be having functional problems which include a poor bite and/or present or potential gum problems due to tooth and bite irregularities.

Adult’s teeth tend to move more slowly than children’s and, of course, there is no assistance from growth. Adolescent growth during orthodontic treatment can be of great assistance (and unfortunately in some cases can be the reverse!) and therefore treatments that are possible for them may not be possible for adults. This means that more adults need to have orthognathic surgery for a full resolution of their problem or certain compromises may be necessary if a satisfactory treatment result is to be achieved.

Often adults are more concerned about the appearance of the braces than adolescents and will choose clear braces for the front teeth or will choose lingual braces. Adults adjust very quickly to lingual braces and all types of problems, including those involving orthognathic surgery, can be treated with lingual appliances.

Invisalign® is also popular with adults, but the more severe the orthodontic problem is, the less acceptable the result can be with Invisalign. Invisalign is certainly the answer for some problems and is certainly not for others.


Healthy Gums

Adults’ orthodontic treatment often requires a multi-disciplinary approach. This means that the orthodontist is only part of an overall treatment plan for multiple dental problems. Typically, a gum specialist or periodontist is involved before treatment starts to determine if there are any problems with bone loss or gum recession. Regular appointments with a periodontist, dentist or hygienist is strongly recomended throughout orthodontic treatment.  If there are periodontal problems, they usually need to be treated before orthodontic treatment can commence. The general dentist may be pivotal in coordinating the placement of bridges, implants or special restorations after orthodontic treatment. Careful coordination between the various specialists and the general dentist is essential to achieve the best result.
 

Treatment with Damon self-locking appliances:


Treatment with Damon self-locking appliances

Treatment with Lingual braced: Featuring a protusion and deep overbite.


Treatment with Lingual braces:  a protrusion and deep overbite

A severe deep overbite and protusion:


A severe deep overbite and protrusion:

A multi-disciplinary treatment involving orthodontics, jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) and crowns:


A multi-disciplinary treatment involving orthodontics, jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) and crowns:

Treatment with Clear Damon Braces on upper and lower teeth or just the uppers:


Treatment with Clear Damon Braces on upper and lower teeth or just the uppers:
 
AdultTreatment.png很多人问“成年人是否太老做矫正治疗了”或说“已经太
晚了吗?”简单的答案,不是!做矫正治疗是没有年龄限
制的。我们有超过1/4 的病人是成年人, 还有许多六十到
七十岁的病人!只要您的牙龈和颌骨健康,您就可以做矫
正治疗。
 

成年人来治疗有以下几个原因:

 从小牙齿的不整齐就觉得不良,现在就影响自信或就业。
 造成牙齿咬合问题或牙龈伤害.

由于成年人的颌骨和脸部发育已结束了,牙齿移动会比小 孩子的慢。所以成年人的治疗和小孩子的治疗会有一些不 同,更多病人需要做手术来彻底完成治疗。

成年人通常要比少年人关心矫正器的外观,所以许多人会 选择来做透明矫正器在前牙上或隐型矫正器。成年人会很 快就会习惯戴隐型矫正器。这种矫正器可以适用在所有的 病例,包括需要做手术的病例。

Invisalign 也是很多成年人欢迎的矫正器,但只能用于轻度 的病例。

健康的牙龈

成人矫正治疗常常需要一些专科的配合,矫正专家只是您 口腔治疗计划的一部分。通常是先看牙周病专家,确定您 没有牙周或牙龈的问题。 矫正治疗前和治疗中一定要保证 健康的牙周状况,强烈建议定期看牙周专家,牙医或牙齿 卫生员。牙医是在协调矫正和牙齿修复的关键人物。专科 的配合是做完善的矫正治疗的重要部分。
 

Damon 自锁矫正器治疗:


Treatment with Damon self-locking appliances

隐型矫正器治疗:突出和咬合过深.


Treatment with Lingual braces:  a protrusion and deep overbite

高度咬合过深和突出:


A severe deep overbite and protrusion:

多专科治疗包括矫正专科,颌骨手术和牙冠修复 治疗:


A multi-disciplinary treatment involving orthodontics, jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) and crowns:

在上下牙弓或单上牙弓的透明Damon 矫正器治 疗:


Treatment with Clear Damon Braces on upper and lower teeth or just the uppers: