Today there are numerous options for straightening teeth, but metal braces are still the most popular choice. Yet many people have questions and concerns about what to expect from braces. Here is what you should know.
The Right Age for Braces
We follow the guidelines of the American Association of Orthodontists, which recommend an initial orthodontics evaluation at the age of 7. This lets us examine the teeth that are emerging and take preventive measures to help them come in straight. This may be enough, but many kids will still need braces. We generally recommend having them placed between the ages of 10 and 13, depending on your child’s individual growth and tooth eruption rates.
Although early intervention can shorten treatment times and optimize outcomes, it is never too late for braces, as long as the teeth and gums are healthy. In fact, roughly 20% of all braces wearers are adults. If your older teenager could benefit from braces, we are happy to place them.
Reasons for Braces
The most commonly cited reason for braces is improving appearance, but they have other benefits as well. In fact, straight teeth are vital to oral health. They are far easier to clean and care for, lowering the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Braces can alleviate the pain and make it easier to chew.
Most people wear braces for one to two years, depending on individual needs. To shorten treatment time, you should keep all appointments, maintain excellent oral hygiene, and wear all devices exactly as directed. Still, every mouth is unique, so your treatment length could be far different than that of a friend.
Today’s braces are far more pleasant than those used just a few years ago. Traditional metal braces use significantly smaller brackets. Smart brackets and wires are much more comfortable and more efficient than the wires of yesteryear, while heat-activated wires are gentler on the teeth.
It is not unusual for adults or kids to panic at the thought of braces. Remind yourself that many people wear braces, and that they are a short-term way to gain lifelong benefits. If you have a friend or relative with braces, we encourage you to ask lots of questions. Adults and kids both tend to do better when they have plenty of information and support.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are looking for an orthodontist for all ages whom you can trust, contact Brace-Asaurus today at 203-281-1022 to schedule your appointment.