Adult v.s. Children’s Orthodontics?

What's The Difference Between Adult and Children’s Orthodontics?
Posted on 05/31/2019

What's The Difference Between Adult and Children’s Orthodontics?

Orthodontic Treatment In San Antonio

At South Texas Orthodontics, we believe a beautiful smile is one of the most important investments you can make. That’s why we offer orthodontic treatment for the whole family. Our San Antonio children’s orthodontists provide early treatment to our young patients. Additionally, we provide quality adolescent and adult orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the San Antonio area. While many people know orthodontic treatment typically begins at a young age, few people understand the reasons behind that, or how orthodontics can be beneficial regardless of your age. 

Children’s Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children visit their children’s orthodontist by age seven. It is around this age that orthodontists can best evaluate the mouth’s progression, since there is a mixture of both adult and baby teeth in the mouth. This early screening allows for your San Antonio orthodontist to detect any orthodontic issues and help you plan for treatment. If a problem is detected, treatment typically doesn’t begin until a later age.

Orthodontic treatment for children and adolescents has one major advantage over adult treatment: Children are still growing. Because the bones and teeth are still developing and shifting throughout youth, your San Antonio orthodontist can more naturally promote a straighter, healthier smile. Additionally, the natural growing process can be harnessed to speed the braces process along, reducing treatment time. Children’s orthodontic treatment can set the stage for a healthy smile throughout your life.

Adult Braces And Treatment

If you did not receive orthodontic treatment at a young age, or if you are experiencing new orthodontic issues, it is not too late to begin treatment. About 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults, like you, who are seeking either relief from pain, discomfort, or aesthetic and functionality issues. Despite the emphasis on children’s orthodontics, adult braces are an increasingly common option today.

Adult orthodontic treatment has a number of considerations that differentiate it from children’s orthodontics. As mentioned, adults’ bones and teeth are no longer developing and moving naturally. That means that treatment will require more effort on the part of your orthodontic appliances and treatment. Adult orthodontic treatment often takes more time than children’s treatment duration. For patients wearing adult braces, for example, the process may take about two years. Depending on your age and oral health, there may be additional health factors that influence the treatment process and duration. Your San Antonio orthodontists will gladly go over options for your individualized treatment plan at your consultation. 

Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment

Whether you undergo treatment as a child or you require adult braces, orthodontic treatment offers a variety of benefits. For both adults and children, orthodontic treatment improves the appearance and functionality of your smile. This may mean closing gaps, straightening teeth, or correcting jaw alignment and bites. Not only does this process improve how your smile looks, it can improve your oral health. Cavities and tooth decay are more likely in individuals with orthodontic problems, as bacteria and plaque build up in the gaps and spaces that are difficult to clean. 

Few people are aware that improving your oral health, both through orthodontic treatment and through your own oral hygiene, is one way to improve your overall health. Oral hygiene issues have been proven to increase your likelihood of developing a number of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease. Work with your San Antonio orthodontist today to get your oral health on the right track!

Visit Your San Antonio Orthodontist

Children’s orthodontics, adolescent, or adult braces--regardless of your orthodontic needs, South Texas Orthodontics is ready to help. If you have questions about our treatments, contact us today. We would be happy to explain our adult braces, including Invisalign. Feel free to schedule an appointment online, so we can get your smile on track. We hope to see you soon.

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