How is adult orthodontics different to orthodontics for children?
Since adults already have fully developed jawbones and they no longer grow, sometimes their teeth move more slowly so treatment can take a little longer. This depends on the nature of orthodontic treatment required, and often there are no differences in the duration of adult treatment compared to that of children.
In adults, the surrounding oral tissues and teeth can sometimes take longer to adapt to the new positions and so this too may extends the duration of retention following treatment.
Sometimes adults take a little longer to get use to the initial discomfort associated with some braces.
Having said that, adults tend to be more motivated than children when it comes to orthodontic treatment, and through their better compliance with professional advice, they often experience fewer problems during the course of treatment. This helps the orthodontist attain the objectives of treatment more easily, and complete it in a shorter period of time.