The decision about whether to correct the bite in adulthood and which correction option to choose is entirely subjective, which should be resorted to after consulting an orthodontist.
As the practice of recent years shows, more and more patients over the age of 20 apply to the installation of braces. Conventionally, such age statistics are as follows:
- 10-14 years old – 15%;
- 15-21 years old – 30%;
- from 22-35 years old – 40%;
- from 36-45 years old – 10%;
- from 46-55 rubles – 5%.
Modern dentistry has made great strides forward, offering patients with malocclusion advanced braces, more effective and less noticeable in comparison with traditional ones. In addition, the increase in the number of adults wanting to have braces is dictated by opportunities that were not available in childhood, as well as the misalignment of teeth over the years.
Most often, those who don’t like the way their teeth look will agree to get braces. However, after consultation with an orthodontist, it is not uncommon for teeth to be corrected, even with a seemingly correct bite, in the presence of hidden defects that can lead to headaches and ear pains, gum disease and speech impairment. Often, an incorrect bite leads to poor-quality chewing of food, provoking problems of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is worth noting that the installation of a bracket system allows you to prevent the manifestation of bruxism – teeth grinding, which most often appears imperceptibly in a dream at the age of 35, and is pronounced by the age of 40. Regular bouts of bruxism lead to poor dental enamel and temporomandibular joint health, significantly increasing the overall cost of future treatment.
Braces for children and adults do not differ in functionality, which indicates their versatility and the same effectiveness, although there are differences in the duration of wearing.
In general, dentists identify 4 main reasons why adult patients use braces:
- No age restrictions.
- Awareness-raising – Patients receive evidence of the proven benefits of braces from a wide variety of sources.
- The perspective of treatment – the development of orthodontics makes it possible to introduce all the new techniques that contribute to the preservation of their own teeth as long as possible.
- Perceptual Integrity – Most patients understand the close relationship between bite, appearance and health.
Thus, age is not a minus, but a plus for correcting bite and making other positive changes in your appearance.