Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

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Dr. Durbin and his staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by providing orthodontic treatment that will result in a beautiful smile with optimum function and long term stability. In addition to the orthodontic treatment provided by Dr. Durbin, our patients also benefit from seeing their dentist on a regular basis to maintain their oral health and provide other dental services that enhance their smile. Please use our dental library to learn more about other dental problems and treatments available from your dentist. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

While their teeth and jaws are not as easily manipulated as children’s, adults derive tremendous benefits from orthodontic treatment.

Common problems with adults that may be corrected by orthodontia include tooth loss and degradation of the structures (jaw bones) that support the teeth. Adult tooth problems are generally far more complex, and an orthodontic appliance may be only one facet of an overall care plan involving such other specialists as an endodontist, periodontist, cosmetic dentist or oral surgeon.

Here’s a brief look at why adult orthodontic treatment are different:
  • Jaw growth problems in adulthood often do not respond well to orthodontic appliance solutions alone. In many cases, jaw surgery – to lengthen or shorten a jaw or shift teeth – may be required to fully correct the problem.
  • Teeth that have become worn down, chipped/cracked or have fallen out are typically not problems seen in children. These kinds of problems involve orthodontic treatments that may entail appliances such as braces, as well as treatments from other dental specialists.
  • Adults are far more likely to experience gum loss or bone loss from gum disease.

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