Adult orthodontics--a review

Br J Orthod. 1995 Nov;22(4):331-7. doi: 10.1179/bjo.22.4.331.


The increased demand for orthodontic treatment by adults suggests a review of the literature might be timely. In this review we explore whether the increased in demand is real and matched by need. We also examine the reasons for treatment being sought and special considerations which are important during orthodontic treatment. Finally, we compare the orthodontic experience of adults and adolescents. We conclude that adults seeking treatment can be excellent patients with high motivation and co-operation. The limitations of orthodontic treatment must be explained at the beginning of treatment since adult expectations of orthodontics can be very high.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Motivation
  • Orthodontics, Corrective*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Satisfaction