Adult orthodontics are oral appliances that help people aged 18 and older achieve balanced, symmetrical smiles. At Advanced Digital Orthodontics, orthodontist Robert Lopatkin, DDS, uses adult orthodontics to ensure proper tooth and jaw alignment and optimal oral health. To see if you’re a candidate for adult orthodontics, make an appointment at the practice in Roslyn, New York, by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.
Adult orthodontics is a dental specialty that diagnoses and treats malpositioned teeth or a misaligned jaw in people 18 and older.
Many people receive orthodontic treatment when they’re children or teens, but it’s just as successful later in life. If you’re unhappy with the alignment of your teeth or jaw, orthodontic treatment can transform your smile and improve your oral health.
Adult orthodontics is different from children’s orthodontics in several ways, including:
Adults are more likely to experience age-related oral health problems like low bone volume, gum disease, and poor circulation. Their jawbones are also finished growing. As a result, adult orthodontics often requires longer treatment times and more frequent checkups.
Conditions like crossbite, underbite, and overbite are more challenging to treat after the age of 18. Since the jaw is finished growing, your permanent teeth have little room to shift. In some cases, extractions may be necessary.
Many adults work jobs that require them to interact with other professionals on a daily basis. Wearing braces, a retainer, or another type of orthodontic appliance may increase feelings of self-consciousness. To address these and related issues, Dr. Lopatkin offers discreet options like lingual braces and Invisalign® aligners.
Dr. Lopatkin offers various appliances for adult orthodontics, including:
Once you’re finished wearing braces, Dr. Lopatkin might also prescribe a retainer.
To determine the type of adult orthodontics that will most benefit you, Dr. Lopatkin conducts an oral exam and asks a series of questions, including what you like and don’t like about your smile and if you have a treatment preference. Be honest during your consultation, and don’t be afraid to speak up. Dr. Lopatkin is committed to your oral health and satisfaction.
Following a discussion, Dr. Lopatkin takes a series of oral X-rays to assess the position of your teeth and jaw and to help guide treatment. After reviewing your X-rays, he makes recommendations that align with your budget and needs.
Treatment with adult orthodontics typically takes longer than children’s orthodontics. That’s because your jaw has finished growing, and it’s more challenging to reposition your teeth. Even so, most people complete treatment in 18-24 months, but it may take longer. To speed up the process, follow Dr. Lopatkin’s instructions and attend every checkup.
To learn more about adult orthodontics, make an appointment at Advanced Digital Orthodontics by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.