Do I Need Braces?
Having a properly aligned, healthy smile is an essential part of every person's well-being. This is not simply a cosmetic issue: misaligned teeth, known as malocclusions, can cause chewing issues, tooth decay, speech problems, and other difficulties.
What Age Should Someone Get Braces?
Braces are a common and effective treatment for many types of malocclusions. It is recommended that a child see an orthodontist by age seven to address any potential problems when they are the easiest to treat. However, this does not mean that adults cannot benefit from braces. In fact, many malocclusions can be fixed well into adulthood. Adults of any age who are unhappy with the alignment of their teeth should discuss their options with their dentist. It's never too late to get a great smile.
Signs You May Need Braces
Only a dental professional can determine whether braces are needed. However, the following issues may be an indication that braces could help:
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that do not meet or meet in an irregular way
- Crowding or misplaced teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Difficulties with speech
If any of these are an issue, it's important to discuss them with a dentist to determine the best course of treatment. Fortunately, braces have the ability to successfully correct malocclusions of all types, from mild to severe.
With the advanced options available today, braces are more comfortable and convenient than ever before. Many patients select clear or tooth-colored options, making the appearance of the braces less obvious. Some patients, particularly children and teens, enjoy getting brightly colored brackets, which add a fun and unique look.
In addition, many patients who have less severe malocclusions can choose Invisalign® for a virtually invisible option to straighten teeth. This state-of-the-art treatment offers additional comfort and convenience, including the ability to remove the aligners for eating and brushing.
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