Unfortunately, many people, even several dentists, think orthodontic treatment in adults would be extremely risky or even impossible. In fact, there a no limits whatsoever concerning the age for orthodontic treatment and adult treatment does not carry higher risks than that of children and young adults.
The treatment time is normally a little longer and often complicated by abraded teeth, loss of teeth, artificial dentures or earlier periodontal disease. Many orthodontists do not treat adults for two reasons: not only is it technically more difficult, but also do adult patients often demand much more discussion than young patients. In our office, we have got the knowledge and the longtime experience for the treatment of adults, as well as the will to meet their need for information.
before the treatment
The most common wish of adult patients is to accomplish better aesthetics of their front teeth. While the treatment of children mostly aims at attaining perfection in all aspects, adults often have their front teeth straightened but have a large overbite or a deep bite left uncorrected. In this way-way most adult patients’ desires are fulfilled pragmatically and at the same time unsuitably invasive, demanding and expensive measures are avoided. No, you do not always have to rebuild the whole house!
If requested, even extreme tooth and jaw misalignments in adults can be corrected completely by cooperating with a maxillofacial surgeon. First, the dental arches are straightened and coordinated by the orthodontist. Afterwards, the oral surgeon will reposition one or both jaws surgically. These procedures have been utilized routinely for the last 40 years and feature burdens and risks accept-able to most patients.
after the treatment
Since 1999, we have been offering braces attached to the backside of the teeth which are completely invisible, the so called lingual technique, to especially demanding adult patients who do not want to wear fixed visible braces in public. Since 2004, we have also been offering the Invisalign-procedure. With both of these techniques, we belong to the orthodontic pioneers in Germany.