ADULT BRACES LOS ANGELES
Nearly half of Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen’s patients are adults from the ages of 21 and 70. With all the advancements in orthodontic technology in recent years, if you didn’t get your bite issues fixed as a child or you didn’t wear your retainer and now your teeth have relapsed, there is still time to fix your bite with less discomfort and better aesthetics.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT AS AN ADULT:
- You have a bad bite (malocclusion), that is there is an incorrect relationship between the upper and lower arch
- Your teeth are crowded or spaced, which can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease
- Jaw pain or pressure caused by misaligned teeth or a bad bite
- You want a radiant and healthy smile
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT NEEDS AN OTHODONTIST?
Schedule a free consultation with Atoosa Nikaeen. She takes a holistic approach with every patient to improve their smile and free up the airways.
FREQUESNTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When it comes to orthodontic problems in children, the most common include:
1. Jaw Growth Issues
If your child suffers from jaw growth problems, these can be treated easily with an orthodontic appliance that is designed to modify growth. For adults, the same problem may require orthognathic or jaw surgery.
For example, if you are an adult with a lower jaw that is too short and that doesn’t align with your upper jaw, this can cause severe bite problems. Braces may not be able to help with this issue, and surgery might be required. Orthognathic surgery can lengthen the lower jaw and move the lower teeth forward.
Other jaw-width issues or incongruities with length may also require surgery.
2. Loss of Gum or Bone
Damage to the gums and gum loss that supports the teeth are common as we age. These problems require the combined efforts of your family dentist and a periodontist before, during, and after you receive orthodontic treatment. This is due to the fact that loss of bone structure can limit teeth movement and direction, which is required for treatment.
3. Teeth that are Worn or Damaged
Worn, damaged, and missing teeth can lead to an unattractive smile and hinder oral function. Wear caused by age can cause teeth to move into improper positions, and missing teeth can cause the drifting and tipping of the remaining teeth. Each of these issues can lead to bite and gum problems.
While orthodontic treatment is recommended for these cases, it should be noted that treatment may be more difficult and require additional time to complete a full correction.
This habit can lead to teeth wear and trauma to your jaw’s joint structure. You can also experience acute pain, in some cases chronic pain. Treatment may involve the use of a bite splint or a night-guard to protect your teeth and ease your jaw muscles, both of which can alleviate the pain.
If you suffer from structural damage caused by bruxing, you may require joint surgery and the restoration of any damaged teeth.
Even if you have lived with orthodontic problems your entire life, why would you want to live with them any longer? Orthodontic treatment will restore your oral function and improve your overall body health. You will also enjoy a more attractive smile, which can do wonders for your self-esteem.
When you lose your permanent teeth, the remaining teeth can begin to tip, drift, and shift. This type of movement can create a bad bite and uneven teeth spaces. To correct your bite, we recommend the replacement of any missing teeth if you hope for orthodontic treatments to have the full effect. For teeth that have tipped, treatment typically involves straightening the teeth so that they can withstand the firmest biting pressure.