Contact Jeff Dworkin, D.D.S.,
for superior orthodontic care in
University Heights OH.







Heights Smiles
14100 Cedar Road Suites 230
University Heights, OH 44121
Phone: 216.382.0061



Many of Dr. Dworkin’s patients are adults. New materials and technology have given rise to adult braces that are much less noticeable than they used to be, which appeals to many adults in Dr. Dworkin’s practice. Modern braces are more comfortable and take less time to complete treatment than the braces of a decade ago.

Adults now make up 20% of orthodontic patients. Nearly one million adults in the U.S. and Canada are under orthodontic care.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Is orthodontic treatment as effective for adults as it is for children? How is orthodontic treatment for adults different from orthodontic treatment for children and teenagers?Can an orthodontist treat painful jaw muscles and joints?My family dentist tells me I need orthodontic treatment before I have missing teeth replaced. Why is that? My teeth have been misaligned or crooked all my life. Why should I now have orthodontic treatment? 

Q. Is orthodontic treatment as effective for adults as it is for children?

A. Orthodontic treatment can be performed at nearly every age, often as easily for adults as for children. The force of braces and other orthodontic treatments move teeth in the same way for a senior citizen as a child. However, such complicating factors as a lack of jaw growth in an adult may require special treatment.
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Q, How is orthodontic treatment for adults different from orthodontic treatment for children and teenagers?

A. Because adults’ bones have stopped growing and begun to break down, adults may require different treatments than braces alone. You may be treated by a team including Dr. Dworkin, an oral surgeon, a periodontist, an endodontist, and/or your family dentist.

The most common problems that require different treatment from children are:

JAW GROWTH
Children’s jaws are still growing, so they can be treated with appliances that modify the growth of their jaw. In an adult, these problems may require jaw surgery.

For example, a lower jaw that is too short can create a severe bite problem. Braces may not be able to solve this problem in an adult. In such a case, Dr. Dworkin might recommend surgery to lengthen the lower jaw and move the lower teeth forward.

GUM OR BONE LOSS
Over time, adults may experience damage or gum loss, meaning less support for their teeth. These problems may need to be addressed by several professionals at once, possibly including Dr. Dworkin, your family dentist, and/or a periodontist. Unfortunately, the loss of bone structure can sometimes limit your possible orthodontic treatments.

WORN, MISSING, OR DAMAGED TEETH
Worn, missing, or damaged teeth can detract from your appearance and cause your teeth to work ineffectively. Also, these conditions can cause your teeth to move to the wrong positions. This can create problems with your gums and your bite.

While orthodontic treatment is highly recommended in these cases, treatment may be harder and take longer.
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Q. Can an orthodontist treat painful jaw muscles and joints?

A. Jaw muscle and/or joint discomfort is often associated with habitual grinding of the teeth, usually at night.

This habit can lead to severe wearing of the teeth and trauma to your jaw. You may experience chronic or acute pain. Dr. Dworkin may recommend the use of a bite splint or night guard appliance that helps to prevent you from grinding your teeth. This can help ease your jaw pain.

Any damage caused by grinding your teeth may require joint surgery and/or restoration of any damaged teeth. 
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Q. My family dentist says I need orthodontic treatment before I have missing teeth replaced. Why is that?

A. Many dental treatments, including crowns, bridges, and implants, can best be carried out when your teeth are properly aligned and your bite is correct. 

Lost permanent teeth may cause your remaining teeth to move into the empty space, which may create an improper bite and uneven tooth space.
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Q. My teeth have been misaligned or crooked all my life. Why should I now have orthodontic treatment? 

A. Why live with crooked teeth any longer? Treatment will help you maintain the health of your entire body. Treatment will also give you a more attractive smile, which can make you feel better about yourself.
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Please call us at 216.382.0061 or send an email to info@heightssmiles.com to schedule your free initial consultation. 

Dr. Dworkin and staff look forward to hearing from you!