Adult Orthodontics

Susan Liebman, DMD -  - Orthodontics

Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics

Susan Liebman, DMD

Orthodontics located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Orthodontic treatments were once much more common for kids and teens, but adults now comprise about 50% of all orthodontic patients. At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, Susan Liebman, DMD, provides orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign® to give you a gorgeous and easy-to-clean smile at any age. For a consultation, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book online today.

Adult Orthodontics Q & A

Can I get orthodontics as an adult?

Although many people associate braces and other orthodontics with middle or high school, the truth is that you can align your smile with them at any age. In fact, an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatments as they become more advanced and less inconvenient than they once were.

Straightening your teeth provides more benefits than a simple aesthetic improvement. Straighter teeth make it easier for you to keep them clean, and you’ll lower your chances of getting gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth breakage due to a more aligned and comfortable bite.

What adult orthodontic treatments are available?

As an adult, you get to be a participant in the decision-making of your orthodontic care. Dr. Liebman provides adults with several orthodontic options, including:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Invisalign

At your starting consultation, Dr. Liebman reviews your most pressing alignment issues and helps you choose a treatment plan that will work to fix them. She meticulously maps out the projected movement of your teeth and estimates how long it will take to complete your treatment.

What are the differences between adult orthodontics and kids’ orthodontics?

There are numerous differences between kids’ orthodontics and adult orthodontics, primarily because kids’ teeth and jaws are more malleable since they aren’t finished developing. Possible obstacles that may appear during adult orthodontic treatment are:

  • Insufficient bone between your tooth roots
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Mild gum disease
  • Former extraction sites that other teeth can’t move into

In short, getting orthodontic treatment may prove to be more complicated as an adult. However, many adults are more likely to follow their treatment instructions closely to avoid further complications throughout the alignment process. 

When choosing your treatment, Dr. Liebman assesses your risk for getting temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and an issue called root resorption whereby your body reabsorbs the root of a tooth, leaving it unanchored to your jaw. If you’re at risk of such complications, she develops a safe treatment plan to minimize your chances of getting them.

Getting braces and other adult orthodontics is a gift to your oral health. To review your options, book your consultation by phone or online at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics today.