As an adult, your jawbone has finished growing. Which means that surgery may be necessary to align your jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) —
Adults experience gum recession and bone loss more frequently than children. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth —
Teeth can wear down and shift over time. If you also have missing teeth, this 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 don’t complete their treatment. Completing orthodontic treatment will help them get the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.