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Adult Orthodontics vs. Kids Orthodontics

Adult Orthodontics vs. Kids Orthodontics
Posted on 04/09/2018

At Adams Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients of all ages achieve gorgeous new smiles throughout Valdosta & Thomasville, GA. But often, we hear patients ask us: is there a difference between orthodontics for adults and orthodontics for children? While both adult and pediatric orthodontics use the same fundamental techniques and technologies, there are a few key differences between these two forms of treatment.

The Difference Between Kids' and Adult Braces

So, what separates adult and early orthodontic treatment? For starters, some changes are easily accomplished during early orthodontic treatment that can't be made during adult treatment. These changes can't be made because of the physiology of an adult patient different than a child. During childhood, the upper jaw is two separate pieces of bone, split down the middle of the roof of the mouth. Because these pieces are apart and still growing, we can use specialized instruments to push them apart and cause more bone to grow in between, effectively widening the mouth and making more room for teeth. In adults, the jaws are finished developing and can't be altered in this way.

Furthermore, adults are more prone to certain problems that aren't an issue for kids. Adults are more susceptible to gum disease, which means periodontal difficulties are more of an issue during adult orthodontics. Adults are also at a higher risk for tooth root resorption, in which the body reabsorbs the roots of teeth, often causing them to fall out. Although a rare problem, still something to be mindful of during adult orthodontic treatment.

While adult and childhood orthodontic treatment is different in some ways, one thing stays the same: we can use orthodontic treatment to construct a beautiful, healthy smile for patients of any age. And if you're considering improving your smile through braces or Invisalign, we can help!

H2 Schedule a Consultation with Your Thomasville, GA Orthodontist

If you're ready to take the first step towards a gorgeous new smile, we would love to help. Contact us today to learn more about treatment and explore your orthodontic treatment options. We can't wait to hear from you, and we're excited to help you improve your smile – whether you're a child getting braces for the first time or an adult looking a positive change!

Adams Orthodontics

  • Valdosta Location - 816 Northwood Park Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602 Phone: 229-247-6960 Fax: 229-247-8870
  • Thomasville Location - 215 Constitution Ave., Thomasville, GA 31757 Phone: 229-226-3633 Fax: 229-247-8870

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