When you think of orthodontics, you think of a teen in braces. The truth is that a growing number of people are opting for adult orthodontic treatment. According to a recent survey, “Economics of Orthodontics”, conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists – over a two year period the number of adult patients (those over 18 years of age) initiating new orthodontic treatment increased by 16%. In addition, about 1.5 million adults in the US are currently receiving care from an orthodontist. That’s nearly 30% of all patients currently in braces!
Orthodontic Treatment As An Adult
So, what’s driving adult interest in orthodontic treatment? Adults have a lot of incentives to seek out orthodontic treatments. First and foremost, orthodontic treatment can correct a ange of problems that have a long-term negative impact on patients. Crowding and misalignment can lead to premature tooth decay, headaches, pain, persistent oral irritations, and difficulty with chewing, swallowing, breathing, and speaking. Some adult patients who seek orthodontic treatment may have already had braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Re-treatment does not mean that the initial treatment failed; instead, re-treatment can reflect new changes that have a negative impact on a patient’s overall oral health. According to a study conducted by Boston University 1, quality of life motivates many adults to seek treatment. Quality of life issues can include appearance, airway, pain relief, and correction of issues that may jeopardize a person’s overall health if not adequately treated.
Better Orthodontic Treatment Options
New techniques offer treatment options that better align with the needs of adult patients. Invisible aligners, for example, offer excellent results with minimal impact on the patient’s outward appearance. Adults who have completed orthodontic treatment report benefits ranging from improved function and appearance. This often makes a positive impact on both their personal and professional lives.
Orthodontic treatments can also be surprisingly affordable, which makes the decision to pursue treatment easier. Health and dental insurance plans can help reduce the cost of treatment. Orthodontists usually offer a range of payment options that can allow patients to access orthodontic care. At Angle Orthodontics, we offer a 5% discount for treatments paid in full. We also offer interest-free monthly payments and special financing through Care Credit. Before you begin treatment, you’ll know exactly how much your orthodontic care will cost. Using our handy financial calculator, you can choose the payment option that works best for you.
Adults can begin orthodontic treatment at any time, but the sooner you begin treatment, the sooner you can reap the benefits of orthodontic care. Adult treatment plans typically take longer than adolescent plans do as the bones of adults have stopped growing, so some structural changes cannot be accomplished without surgery. Yet, adults can achieve similar results.
Treatment Plans Customized For Your Needs
Treatment plans for older adults may need to address some complications that adolescents typically don’t have. This may include teeth that are missing, fragile or abnormally worn from years of use. Each adult treatment plan is customized to address the unique needs of each patient.
As an adult patient, you may feel “out of place” when initially seeking treatment options. Rest assured, we love our adult patients! Adults often have their own motivations for seeking an orthodontist’s help. Unlike our adolescent patients who may be following the guidance of their parents and their family dentist, adults know exactly how misalignments affect their daily lives. They are motivated to complete orthodontic treatment successfully, and they know exactly how treatment will benefit them.
Adolescent patients are still actively growing, so we can often move their teeth at a faster rate. Adult orthodontic treatment plans typically take longer to achieve the desired result. Orthodontic treatment isn’t age-limited; We can work with adults of any age to correct a wide range of problems.
Successful adolescent treatment plans can often (but not always) help patients avoid surgery to achieve a complete correction. Because adults have completed their growth and have a lower metabolism, surgery and tooth extractions are more frequently necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. In addition, adults may have already lost some teeth, or their existing teeth may be too worn or damaged to tolerate some orthodontic treatments. Regardless of your situation, we can provide a range of treatment options to help you achieve the best possible oral health and coordinate care with your family dentist.
Get In Touch
You can count on Angle Orthodontics to provide the best possible adult orthodontic treatments, as well as a wide range of payment options. If you would like to consult with us about your options for correcting problems with your teeth or jaws, please give us a call at (503) 252-5567 to set up a consultation.1 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29173857