In children, the jaw bones are growing and developing, which means an orthodontist can help prevent oral issues with the use of orthodontics. Eventually, the jaw bones become fixed, which can make realigning the jaw bone for orthodontic treatment challenging, although not impossible. To learn more about the difference between adult and child orthodontics, keep reading.
· Oral Bone Development
As mentioned above, the biggest difference between adult and child orthodontics is oral bone development. Children and teens have pliable oral bones that make orthodontic treatment easier to administer. Therefore, oral surgery is rarely needed before children’s orthodontic therapy. Adults, however, often need orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones before they can begin an orthodontic therapy such as braces.
· Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is prevalent among adults and can lead to gum recession and oral bone loss. This infection can make the oral bones unsuitable for orthodontic treatment, especially if bone loss has led to a loss of teeth. Children, however, almost never suffer from advanced periodontal disease, so most can begin treatment right away without having to take measures to improve oral health. If you’re suffering from gum disease, speak with your orthodontist about preparing your mouth for orthodontic treatment. Not only will your smile be improved, but straighter teeth also reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
· Dental Deterioration
Over time, the teeth become worn down. Furthermore, a lost tooth often causes the surrounding teeth to shift out of place. These dental abnormalities, which are more commonly seen in adults, can negatively affect the smile and make orthodontic treatment more difficult and time consuming. However, the sooner you correct and counteract dental deterioration, then healthier and better-looking your smile will be.
At Image Orthodontics, we understand that adults and children have different orthodontic needs, which is why we strive to provide diverse service and technology to provide our patients with the care they need. If you’re in the Sacramento area and would like customized orthodontic care, call us at (415) 752-0654 today.