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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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What You Should Know About Getting Orthodontics As An Adult

by Alfredo Moore

When you have teeth that you would like to change or dental health issues you would like to correct, you may find yourself considering getting orthodontic work done as an adult. While most people have their orthodontic adjustments made in their preteen years, adults too can get orthodontics. However, the process can be a bit different for adults than it is for children. Learn more about getting orthodontic treatments as an adult and what goes into the process. Then, you will be better prepared to meet with your orthodontist and develop a treatment plan going forward. 

Orthodontics in Adults Can Be More Complicated 

Children often have minimal dental health issues when they go in to have orthodontic work done. Very few children have gum disease, for example, and very few have lost any of their adult teeth. However, these are just a few of the oral health issues that an adult seeking orthodontic work might be experiencing. 

Because of the fact that more trauma and illness is likely to have occurred in an adult's mouth, orthodontic work can be somewhat more complicated. In addition to these complications, the health of the bones of the mouth is also a factor to consider. Many adults experience bone loss throughout their life which can make the connections between the teeth and the bones more fragile. Adults also have fully hardened bones of the mouth and face while children who get orthodontic work done have more malleable jawbones and have room to grow. 

None of this will prevent an adult from being able to get orthodontic work, but it may make the process less simple. Medications and cleanings may be necessary to clear up gum disease before orthodontic work can begin, and sometimes other procedures like bone grafts and more will also be needed to make orthodontic work possible. 

Orthodontics in Adults Take More Time

Because the bones in an adult's face are already hardened, the process of moving the teeth from their original position to their desired position can take more time than it would in a child. Your orthodontist does not want to try to force these movements to occur too quickly, which can result in serious damage to the overall health of the mouth. 

Be prepared to be wearing your orthodontics, whether you choose braces or some alternative option, for an extended period of time when getting orthodontic work done as an adult. And know that the results will be well worth the wait. 

Now that you know some of the facts about getting orthodontics as an adult, you can schedule your initial appointment with an orthodontist as soon as possible to get the process started.