Growth – The biggest difference between children and adults is that a child’s jaws are still growing while growth is complete in adults. That being said, appliances can often be used in children to align the upper and lower jaws while adult treatment may involve extractions of permanent teeth or, in severe cases, surgery in order to fully correct the teeth and bite. However, these situations are not common and most of the time, teeth can be straightened and bites aligned in adults using less invasive methods.
Missing Teeth/Periodontal Problems – Sometimes, adults are missing permanent teeth or may have problems with the gums and bone that surround the teeth. This can add to the complexity of treatment needed. For an optimal result, treatment involving a team of dentists and dental specialists to coordinate and plan treatment for a patient may be necessary. Along with orthodontic treatment, patients may require additional periodontal, surgical or restorative procedures to get maximum functional and esthetic results. Dr. Kopicki will coordinate your treatment with a team of dentists and specialists if necessary so that your end result will be a bite and smile that will last.