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Difference in adult care vs youth care


Is there a difference between orthodontic treatment for children and adults?
Yes.
The main difference to remember is that in younger patients, the jaws are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jaws.

Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease)
    Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
 
  • Worn or missing teeth
    Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen
    Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require different levels of attention and care. We will partner with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect as we working together to get you the smile you deserve.

Difference in adult care vs youth care

Is there a difference between orthodontic treatment for children and adults?
Yes.
The main difference to remember is that in younger patients, the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones.

Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease)
    Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth
    Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen
    Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require different levels of attention and care. We will partner with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect as we working together to get you the smile you deserve.

We love to see you Geaux Smile!