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In the past, braces were almost considered to be a right of passage for children and teenagers. However, more and more adults have opted for braces to straighten their smiles. But there are some issues that adults should consider regarding braces, and a discussion with your orthodontist can help you and Dr. Shelley Tretter decide on the right course of treatment for you.

Adults may have conditions that don’t affect young people. Gingivitis may be a problem, and some adults may not have enough bone between the roots to provide for an adequate blood supply. Since an adult’s bones have stopped growing, and have hardened, it may take your teeth longer to re-align themselves. In the case of a deep overbite, some teeth may need to be removed, or some teeth may have worn down over the years, which can worsen and overbite.

If a person has had some teeth removed over the years, the old extraction sites may not be suitable new homes for your teeth as they shift.

While these issues need to be considered by adults who are thinking about braces, a talk with your orthodontist will help you decide which option is best for you. If you are an adult who is thinking about getting braces, you can schedule an appointment at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC in Cincinnati, Ohio by calling 513-697-9999. We look forward to meeting you and helping you have a straighter and stronger smile!