When an adult is looking for shoes, there are a lot of different variables one has to think through. For what purpose am I buying them? Which size to I need? Which color? Which style? All of those questions have to be answered before a person says, “this is the pair of shoes I will buy.” A whole different set of questions arises when buying for a child. Most importantly, how long will these last before I have to buy a new pair of shoes. It may come as a surprise to you, but similar questions go into the decisions that we make for orthodontic treatment for adults and young people.
In order to create the best treatment plan possible, we have to treat adults and children differently.
This also means that for an adult, the bite pattern and whether the patient has an overbite or an underbite or even a structural malformation in the jaw means a much different treatment option. We also have to take into account that the adult has a bite that is set due to years of eating and wearing down the sharper edges of the teeth. With young people, we can correct with less attention paid to the bite because just like the way their teeth are now, they will settle and wear into a natural bite.
Another thing we look at in adults and contrast with children is the work does in the past. A lot of young people getting braces haven’t had a broken tooth, or an implant, or a bridge, or anything like that. We take those variables into account when coming up with a treatment plan.
As a result of all of these variables, there are also more treatment options available to the adult than the younger patients. Traditional braces are the most common treatment for young people — it’s fast and effective, especially during their time of growth. For adults, we do traditional braces and clear aligners and ceramic braces at a different ratio than for young people (there is a clear aligner for teens, but we end up using traditional braces more frequently with them. Adults also have other reasons for choosing other treatment options related to their professional expectations and social experiences.
No matter what age range you are in, though, Shoe Orthodontics is your place to get the best smile possible. We would love to consult with you, choose the best treatment plan for you, and get you on the road to a great smile.