Many adults choose braces for themselves or their children to straighten their teeth for cosmetic reasons. However, correcting crooked teeth can actually improve your oral health. A misaligned bite can make brushing and flossing difficult, cause extra wear to your teeth, and even make future dental work strenuous.
No matter your motivation for this orthodontic treatment, straightening your teeth will be a beneficial choice for the rest of your life.
Signs in Children
Braces are most commonly worn by children between the ages of 10 and 14, though some wear them at earlier or later ages. Braces are commonly recommended to correct the following issues:
- Baby teeth that are lost irregularly (late or early)
- Misaligned jaw
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that don’t touch correctly during a bite
- Jaws that make sounds
Straightening Teeth in Adults
For the same reasons listed above, many adults choose braces to straighten their teeth. However, there are other options, such as Invisalign. Because these treatments require a fair bit of responsibility and self discipline, it is not usually recommended for children. Invisalign is actually the treatment most preferred by adults.
Invisalign treatment involves clear, flexible aligners. The trays are worn for most of the day, removed for eating and brushing. During treatment, your orthodontist will provide new sets of trays to match your progress. Because the trays are clear, you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.
To get started with Invisalign or traditional braces, be sure to schedule an appointment.