Getting braces is a rite of passage for many tweens and teens. Now, it’s also common for adults to get braces. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
And orthodontic treatment doesn’t just mean braces. The AAO recommends children as young as seven years old visit an orthodontist for an evaluation. The orthodontist can confirm that the jaw is growing correctly and the teeth are coming in the way they are supposed to. If there are any problems, early orthodontic treatment, which is also called Phase I Orthodontic Treatment, can help guide the teeth and jaw into proper alignment.
If you’re wondering if our orthodontists at Towncare Dental could help you or your child have a beautiful, straight smile, call us today to schedule a consultation. You’ll leave your appointment knowing your orthodontic treatment options, how long treatment will take, and how much it will cost.
Why Some People Need Braces
A smile is like a fingerprint; no two smiles are exactly the same. Both genetics and childhood habits can influence how your teeth look. Often, if a parent needed braces, it’s likely that the child may need braces, too. Childhood habits including thumb sucking or using a pacifier after age 3 can also impact tooth alignment.
Braces work by gently moving your teeth into proper alignment over a period of time. Our orthodontists at Towncare Dental can correct almost any orthodontic problem including:
- Crowded, twisted, or overlapping teeth
- Overbite or buck teeth
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth
- Jaw misalignment
Our orthodontists find it incredibly rewarding to see the transformation that occurs as our patients see their smiles become straight and beautiful, and their impression of themselves goes from being self-conscious to self-confident. If you or your child has a smile that’s less than perfect, call one of experienced orthodontists today.
Types of Dental Braces
Our orthodontists offer several different types of braces designed to fit your treatment needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. These include:
When most people think of braces, they think of the traditional high-quality, stainless steel brackets. Now, you can customize them with colored bands to fit your personal style.
Clear ceramic or tooth-colored ceramic brackets are nearly invisible against the tooth. They are stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and have a smooth surface, which make them a popular choice.
Unlike braces, which attach to the teeth, Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners (retainers) to gently guide teeth into the proper position. READ MORE
Braces for Children and Teenagers
For many pre-teens and teenagres, getting braces is a big milestone. Their friends may have braces already, and many children think it’s cool to personalize their braces with different colored bands. Plus, it boosts their self-confidence as their teeth straighten.
Orthodontic treatment can help younger children, too. As discussed earlier, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist around age seven to identify any problems with tooth alignment or jaw alignment. Early orthodontic treatment, which is also called Phase I Treatment, can help guide the jaws and create additional space so the permanent teeth come in correctly. Early orthodontic treatment can even lessen the amount of time the child may need braces later.
Children typically get braces once their baby teeth have been replaced with their permanent teeth; many children start braces between the ages of 11 and 13. Our orthodontist at the office nearest you will talk to you about the best timing to start braces for your child.
Braces for Adults: More Popular Than Ever
It’s never too late to have a beautiful smile. In fact, about one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Seventy-five percent of adults have some sort of a malocclusion, the technical term for a bad bite. Common orthodontic problems in adults include teeth that have drifted out of position, spacing issues, and crowding.
In many cases, our adult patients didn’t have the opportunity or financial resources to get braces as a teenager. In other cases, their teeth changed and drifted out of position as they aged. Many adults choose to get braces for social or professional reasons. Having a beautiful smile makes a good first impression, and can boost one’s self-confidence. Plus, there are many aesthetic choices for orthodontic treatment now. Adults may choose clear ceramic braces instead of traditional stainless steel braces. Another aesthetic option is Invisalign treatment, a series of clear, removable aligners that gently guide teeth into position. Our orthodontists will be happy to discuss the options with you.
Come in for an Orthodontic Consultation
Having properly aligned teeth can make them easier to clean, which means fewer cavities. Properly aligned teeth can also make it easier to eat and to speak. Call us today to schedule an orthodontic consultation to find how one of our orthodontists at Towncare Dental can help you have a smile you’re proud to show off.