Your dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay and gum disease can progress and possibly lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain. Most people just want a beautiful smile, the most obvious reason for orthodontics. Your smile can give you the self-confidence and the self-assurance you have always dreamed about.
Braces for All Ages
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21.
It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment begins early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.