Many adult patients are under the misconception that it’s too late to correct their orthodontic problems. However, contrary to popular belief, there aren’t any age restrictions to having orthodontic treatment. A healthy smile and straight teeth are attainable at any age, so adults with an overjet, crossbite or open bite can correct these problems with the help of an orthodontist.
What Dental Problems can Orthodontics Treat?
There is a wide range of dental problems that orthodontics can effectively treat, which include:
• Open Bite
When an individual has an overjet, he or she will have upper teeth that protrude past the lower teeth. This is sometimes known as “buck teeth.” Aside from being a common cosmetic problem, which can affect an individual’s self-confidence. An overjet can also pose serious health problems for those with this malocclusion. The upper teeth that protrude are not protected as well as teeth that are properly aligned, so the protruding teeth are at an increased risk for injury if an individual falls or has an accident.
Overjets can be caused by an underdeveloped lower jawbone, or it can also be caused by thumb-sucking that will reposition the teeth over a period of time. Those who have an overjet can seek help from an orthodontic professional for treatment options.
Those with an open bite, which is a type of malocclusion where when an individual bites down their back teeth touch but none of their front teeth do, are also at risk for oral problems. Treatment is beneficial for preventing oral issues from developing. When an individual has an open bite, the upper and lower teeth will not come in contact when the mouth is closed. In many cases, an open bite is caused by skeletal, dental, or habitual problems, and a combination of these problems can make the condition worse.
For example, if an individual sucks his or her thumb or lower lip, and has a tongue that is positioned too far forward, then it can exacerbate the cosmetic appearance of the condition. Although open bites can resolve as a child grows, adults with this condition will often require orthodontic treatment to correct the issue. Adults with an overbite will usually experience extra wear on their rear teeth. This can result in painful chewing and problems with speech.
Those with a crossbite are at risk for long-term wear on their teeth that can lead to damage if the condition is not treated. If an individual has a crossbite, then one or more of the upper teeth will bite inside the lower teeth, which can result in difficulty talking and chewing. Furthermore, this condition can also lead to an uneven growth of the jawbone and may eventually cause bone loss and TMJ if not corrected.
What are Treatment Options for Adults with Orthodontic Problems?
Traditional metal braces are among the most common orthodontic treatments offered. Adults may be concerned about the appearance of traditional braces.
Lingual braces are an ideal treatment option for adults who want to correct orthodontic problems without having their orthodontic device seen. The brackets, wires, and elastics are placed on the backside of the teeth. Sometimes referred to as “inside” braces due to where they are placed.
The procedure for lingual treatment will involve an expert lingual orthodontist taking an impression or digital 3D scan of your teeth. After which the impression or scan will be sent to a lab that will make customized brackets. A dental laboratory usually takes 4-6 weeks to send the customized brackets to the orthodontist. Once the brackets are applied to the teeth, it works the same way as traditional metal braces and treatment time varies on case by case basis ranging from nine to thirty months.
Although the location of the device is reversed from conventional braces, they both share similarities such as hardware and orthodontic principles. Many patients prefer lingual treatment over other invisible orthodontic treatments for several reasons. With invisible aligners, such as Invisalign, thy place buttons on the outside of your teeth to help move them and there is a chance the aligners will develop a film that makes the device no longer invisible and now noticeable to others.
Lingual Treatment: Popular Brands
There are different types of lingual treatments. Although each offers the same result, they differ in design and how they are attached secured to the teeth. Some of the most known brands include:
• Suresmile Lingual QT
• STB Light Lingual System
Just like any other orthodontic device, it is imperative to practice proper oral hygiene, which will prevent tooth decay and gingivitis from occurring. Good dental hygiene practices include:
Brushing Your Teeth Twice a day
Those who are undergoing lingual treatment will need to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes. A soft round-bristle toothbrush is recommended, and you should be sure to thoroughly brush your gums as well as your teeth.
It is also important to floss daily. If you don’t prefer traditional floss, a floss threader can also be effective. If spaces between your teeth are present, you may want to use an inter-proximal toothbrush. This will efficiently remove food and plaque from between your teeth. Furthermore, an oral irrigation device can also remove plaque and food debris from your brackets.
Be Sure to Get Professional Dental Cleanings
To ensure your teeth stay healthy during lingual treatment, it is advised to get professional dental cleaning every four months. Professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tarter that can’t be removed from brushing at home.
Those with lingual braces may notice slight tongue irritation and tenderness the first few weeks after braces are placed. If you apply dental wax against your lower teeth, it will help alleviate soreness. Some individuals may have slight speaking adjustment which take a few days to adjust to. Your expert lingual orthodontist will provide you with tips & tricks on how to improve any issues that my arise, but it won’t take long for them to speak with confidence.
At an ELOS expert member orthodontist, you can get advice and treatment from a highly trained specialist and work towards a perfect smile. Find your local ELOS member here and contact them today.
Lingual Braces Treatment [for Overjet, Open Bite, and Cross Bite]