Why should you have orthodontic treatment

Why should you have orthodontic treatment

Many people think braces and other orthodontic appliances are only meant for children and teenagers, but more adults than ever are choosing to improve their smile through realignment. It is never too late to have orthodontic treatment. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, there is no age limit to achieving beautiful and healthy smiles.

Orthodontic treatment

An increasing number of adults are availing of the benefits of orthodontic treatment and the results often exceed their expectations. More and more adults recognise that teeth can last a lifetime and orthodontics can help you to take good care of your teeth.

A functional, beautiful smile is as important at age 60 as it is at 16. Our most senior patient who sought treatment with us at SOP started her orthodontic care in her 80s!

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment are:

Cmmon reasons for orthodontic treatment

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

What's the difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens?

The main difference for adult patients to remember is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss — adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments and that your needs are met.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

Your life, your braces, your choice!

You don’t have to get traditional metal braces either. There are many more inconspicuous options for braces available today that are comfortable, aesthetic and customised to meet your needs. Treatment options include:

Your life, your braces, your choice!

  • Coloured braces
  • Ceramic tooth-coloured braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Clear Invisalign aligners
  • Traditional metal braces

Sleep Apnoea and snoring treatments

Dr. Geoghegan’s specialist training allowed him to work in the area of Sleep Medicine and help patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). Just like his orthodontic patients receive a bespoke treatment plan, Dr. Geoghegan can offer OSA patients a highly personalised and custom-made solution to relieve the often severe impact OSA can have on their lives as well as overall health.

At SOP, we take advantage of the best technologies in orthodontics to complete your treatment in the most effective and efficient way possible that suits you and your lifestyle. The foundation of our practice is “evidence-based care”. By focusing on the scientific literature and what the research in our field tells us, we get one step closer to great results.

Contact the SOP team

If you have any questions or would like to discuss orthodontic needs, please contact our reception to schedule an appointment.

Contact SOP team