Braces should be a consideration for anyone having difficulty biting, chewing or with protruding, crowded or misplaced teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first visit to an orthodontist no later than age 7. Because a child’s teeth and jaw are still growing, early treatment can be more effective than treatment later in life.
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age, and adults can chose from appliances that are barely noticeable. Well-aligned teeth are easier to maintain, which could reduce the chance of severe dental issues later in life.
Options for Braces
Traditional Metal Braces are small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth. A thin wire runs through the brackets and is attached on either end to metal bands around a back molar.
Clear Braces are made of ceramic, plastic or a combination of both. Although hardly visible, they are more susceptible to breakage than metal braces.
Clear Orthodontic Aligners are a series of removable, clear plastic trays that fit exactly over the teeth. The trays are personalized using computer software.
Lingual Braces are metal braces bonded to the back of the teeth. They cannot be seen, but are more expensive than traditional braces and can be more difficult to get accustomed to wearing.
Retainers are a crucial part of the braces experience. They hold teeth in their new position long enough for bone to develop around and support them.