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Adult orthodontics is a kind of dentistry that is focused on aligning one's teeth and jaw. It is designed to improve a person’s smile and overall dental health. The process involves diagnosing teeth irregularities with the help of oral exam, diagnostic and imaging procedures. The orthodontist will then develop a treatment plan and identify the dental techniques that will be applicable to the condition that's being treated. The usual methods used include fixed and removable dental appliances. They are used to straighten the teeth and correct irregular bites. Unsightly gaps may also be closed and one's teeth and lips will appear more even.
There are plenty of reasons why adults may need orthodontic treatment. First off, aesthetically perfect teeth can only be achieved when they are aligned properly. More than having a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment can also correct a relapse caused by long term retainer wear. Even problems with chewing and biting can be addressed with orthodontic appliances. Other problems that indicate the need of orthodontic treatment are missing teeth, gaps, excessive wear, crowded teeth, and overlapping lower front teeth.