There was a time when most adults with a bad bite or misaligned teeth considered it too late in their lives for corrective orthodontic treatment in San Diego. Fortunately, times have changed, and it’s not just for teenagers any more. In fact today, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

There are strong reasons for considering corrective treatment for bite problems at any age. Here are the top three:

Poorly aligned teeth are more difficult to clean, which raises the risk for tooth decay or gum disease;Correcting alignment issues can improve your chewing ability, which will make eating more comfortable with less joint pain;Orthodontic treatment could greatly improve your smile, with potential benefits to your self-confidence, social life and career.So, should you consider orthodontic treatment in San Diego? That will depend on three factors:

Your periodontal (gum-related) health;Your general health;The type of orthodontic problem needs to be corrected.If you have gum disease, you are at risk of losing supporting bone, and since treatment involves gently moving teeth within the bone that supports them, the inflammation may cause bone loss and may not lend itself to a successful outcome.

Moreover, besides aggravating and worsening your periodontal condition, the treatment may result in teeth that may not stay where they were moved and could continue to stay mobile long after treatment.

There are certain medical conditions that could make orthodontic treatment difficult or even prohibitive, such as:

Heart-valve disease;Bleeding disorders;Leukemia;Severe diabetes;Taking medications for arthritis or osteoporosis, or those that increase mouth dryness.If you have serious medical conditions or you take prescription drugs, it’s wise to first consult with your medical doctor before considering orthodontic treatment.

There may be an additional roadblock to orthodontic treatment, as many adults feel self-conscious about wearing braces. If this bothers you, you may have another option: clear aligners. These transparent trays that fit over teeth have been a popular choice among adults because they’re not as noticeable as braces.

The primary objective of orthodontic treatment in San Diego is to give you a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. One of the first things people notice about others is their smile. Knowing you have a great smile will also provide better self-confidence!

Orthodontic treatment will also improve your bite. A good bite not only makes it easier to eat and speak, but will enhance your dental health as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean and will reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.

In any event, orthodontic treatment can be a bit inconvenient, but only for a relatively short time. The lifetime benefits — better health, improved function and a more attractive smile — are well worth the inconvenience.

If you would like more information regarding adult orthodontic treatment in San Diego, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation.