Braces for Kids
For a child with crooked or crowded teeth, braces can make a big impact on their confidence, ability to eat, chew, and speak, and can even save them thousands of dollars on future dental treatment.
The American Association of Orthodontists estimate that 75 percent of children can benefit from wearing braces. If that number sounds high to you, it’s because braces are not always needed solely to fix crooked teeth. They can correct jaw and other unseen issues that may exist in children who appear to have straight teeth.
It is recommended that kids as young as seven years old begin visiting the orthodontist. Once the permanent, or “adult”, teeth come in the orthodontist can begin identifying potential trouble spots and determine if your child is a good candidate for braces or other orthodontic treatment.
There’s no magic age when it’s time to see an orthodontist, but the first consultation is generally done between ages 7 and 10. The sooner the visit is held, the sooner potential problems can be detected and addressed.
Braces for Adults
One of the biggest myths surrounding adults and braces is that your teeth are set into place once you reach adulthood and cannot be corrected with braces. This is not the case.
While teeth may be easier to move when you are younger, braces are still a great option for adults of any age that would like to correct an issue with their teeth or jaw.
Invisalign and Other Orthodontic Options
While metal braces and brackets are still the most commonly used type of braces, there are other options available that are more comfortable, more convenient, and far less noticeable to others.
Clear aligners are plastic trays that are molded to fit over your teeth. With slight adjustments, these aligners work to push your teeth into their correct position. Invisalign is the most widely known brand in this market. Aligners are removable, making them easier to clean and maintain, and much easier to eat with during treatment since you can just take them off during the meal and put them back after.
Invisalign and other aligners are only intended for smaller adjustments. If there are large gaps that need to be closed or significant movement that is needed then braces are still the primary option.
Ceramic braces offer a middle ground between metal braces and clear aligners. They are similar in structure to metal braces but the brackets are customized to the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable.
Midwest Orthodontics offers all of these options and will work with you to determine which one will be the best fit —literally and figuratively — for your teeth. Get started today with a 100% free orthodontic consultation to learn more about the treatment options that work best for you or your child.