Differences between Kids and Adult Orthodontics
Many adults are visiting Dr. Allen Sanders for braces these days, but early orthodontics remains the most common approach to bite correction. Several differences exist between the use of orthodontic care in kids and adults, which relate to risk factors, corrective needs, and treatment compatibility. Here is more about these differences.
Risk Factors in Adults and Children
Adults are more prone to several oral health issues compared to children, including jaw bone loss, root resorption, and TMJ. In addition to the completion of jaw growth seen in adults, these factors can complicate or extend adult orthodontic care. By contrast, kids tend to finish treatment more quickly and are less prone to complications.
Different Corrective Needs
The completion of jaw development in adults means that older patients are more likely than kids to have needed tooth extractions before getting braces. When adults have already had extractions, the resulting spaces may not allow for desired tooth movements without extra treatment. The ongoing bone growth and lack of past extractions in kids means that orthodontics can work more easily on their own.
Compatibility With Treatment Options
Patients vary in how they interact with orthodontic options and oral hygiene requirements. Adults tend to be more responsible than kids in terms of caring for their teeth, but adults often also prefer invisible braces, which offer discretion as well as easier oral health support thanks to their removability. Even if invisible braces were an option for children, the increased diligence required would be more challenging for many children to handle compared to adults.
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