Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age.
A tremendous increase in the number of adult orthodontic patients has occurred in recent years. In fact, surveys indicate that today, one out of every four orthodontic patients is an adult. At one time, most people believed that orthodontic care was "only for children". It is important to note that the tissues involved in the movement of teeth are essentially the same in adults as in children.
Adult treatment plans differ from children due to the absence of major facial and dental development during orthodontic care. Gaps between the teeth, crowding, protruding front teeth, and teeth that have moved into abnormal positions may be corrected in adults by orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are well aligned and that fit together properly with opposing teeth enhance both dental health and appearance.