Tooth and jaw disorders also affect adulthood. As with children, these pose a health hazard to the chewing system and should be treated. After all, incorrect positions are always associated with incorrect loading in the area of the periodontium and jaw joints, which can lead to inflammation and disorders of joint function.
It’s never too late to straighten teeth
Regardless of age, smooth and aesthetic teeth are an important factor for a person’s appearance and self-confidence. It is a good thing that misaligned teeth can in principle be corrected at any age! The main prerequisites for the best possible outcome are a definitive diagnosis and comprehensive planning of individual treatment steps.
The jawbone is fully enlarged.
While chin enlargement in adolescents can be used to correct misalignments, options at the chin level for adults are limited. There is a simple reason for this: The jawbone is already fully grown and hardened with age. This increased resistance affects the shaping processes and leads to a relatively longer treatment time. If more extensive changes are required, these are usually performed in adulthood in conjunction with orthodontic surgery. Tooth alignment caused by tooth movement can be corrected regardless of the age of the person concerned.
Straightening of teeth occurs in four stages.
If you have a serious jaw abnormality, the doctor treating you will prepare a detailed treatment plan and discuss it with you. A corresponding correction usually takes several years, as orthodontists and surgeons treat it together. Treatment can be divided into the following four phases:
- Preliminary examination at the orthodontist
- Surgical measures by oral and maxillofacial surgeons
- Orthodontic fine-tuning at the orthodontist
- Stabilization of the result at the orthodontist
Of course, you will be informed in detail about the details of the treatment stages and you must approve the treatment plan before starting orthodontic tooth correction. This ensures that all steps are taken according to your wishes to achieve the best possible result.
Health insurance companies take over from a certain degree of importance
The costs covered by health insurance for orthodontic treatment depend on the individual deformity. Orthodontists and surgeons can therefore only make an appropriate estimate after a preliminary examination. If a treatment is classified as medically necessary, health insurance companies will cover 100% of the costs. Health insurance companies initially pay 80% of the costs directly to the GP. Patients pay a personal contribution of 20%. As soon as treatment is successfully completed and after written approval from the orthodontist, health insurance companies will also reimburse the patient’s own contribution.
There are transparent parentheses
Many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment at the thought of visible braces. Fortunately, there are now more elegant methods for successful tooth correction. For example, fixed braces can be attached to the inside of the teeth and then become invisible. The so-called aligner braces are also inconspicuous. These are thin, transparent and removable plastic splints that are made individually for each treatment stage. Each corset is worn for one to three weeks. Advantage: The esthetics of the affected person is in no way impaired by the almost invisible braces.