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Even though the orthodontic appliances may be the same for children and adults, the treatment may be a bit different, depending on the adult’s oral health. This is why you see more children with braces than adults. However, this does not mean that braces are only meant for children and teens. Adults are more than welcome to align their smiles if they wish. In fact, it’s encouraged! The only differences between the treatment for an adult and a child are:

Adults have different oral health conditions
For children, it’s easier to transform the smile because their oral bones are still growing. For adults, it’s a little more difficult. As we age, our oral bones harden and stop growing. This makes it difficult to move the teeth. Adults also suffer from additional dental issues that make smile transformation difficult, like gingivitis, bone loss, and soft tissue aging.

Adults don’t have much room
It is very common for adults to not have enough room in their smiles for bite correction. When this is the case, orthodontists generally recommend tooth extraction to help the situation. A crowded smile encourages orthodontists to aim for a functional bite rather than a perfect one.

Adults might have extraction issues
Because adult bone doesn’t respond to pressure as well as growing bone does, it is difficult to move teeth into old tooth extraction sites. To help the situation, the orthodontist may recommend placing prosthetic bone in the area.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about adult orthodontics in Ft. Worth, Texas, please remember that our Smiley Dental Camp Bowie team is always here to help you! All you need to do is call 817.916.4343 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynh Pham. The sooner you come in, the sooner you’ll have your perfect smile!