Orthodontics for Kids: Early Treatment & Braces
Braces are inevitable for many children. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 75 percent of children in the U.S. can benefit from wearing them — either for cosmetic reasons or to correct jaw issues that may go unnoticed if teeth appear to be straight.
Baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth starting around age 7. This is a great time begin seeing an orthodontist determine if your child will need braces. The sooner the visit is held, the sooner potential problems can be detected, but most orthodontists recommend waiting until all permanent teeth are in place before applying braces.
If your child is hesitant about getting braces, remind them that the sooner they go on, the sooner they will come off.
Orthodontics for Adults
Never had braces as a kid? No problem! They are still very much a reality for adults, regardless of what you might have heard about teeth being set in place and unable to move.
While teeth do stop growing as you enter adulthood, they can be corrected throughout your life. Similar to how wearing a cast resets a broken arm, braces move misaligned teeth into proper positioning within your mouth.
However, just because it’s possible to reposition teeth as an adult doesn’t mean the process is simple. Procedures like crowns and cavity fillings work by replacing your natural teeth with artificial substances, which makes it more difficult for braces to work. Same thing for conditions like gum disease.
Midwest Orthodontics will work with you to determine whether braces are suitable based on your dental history. We’ll also determine how long you may need to wear braces based on your specific situation and goals.
The braces we think of as “metal” today are actually made from stainless steel, or stainless steel mixed with titanium. This makes them lighter and allows them to be made for them to be different colors. Brackets on braces are also now much smaller, meaning they take up less room on each individual tooth and allow more of the tooth to show through.
Metal braces are used in conjunction with rubber bands, which are available in a variety of colors and can be changed often to achieve a particular look.
Other Teeth Straightening Options
In addition to traditional “metal” braces, Midwest Orthodontics offers several choices that can make wearing braces more comfortable for adults and kids alike:
Clear aligners are plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Invisalign is the most commonly known brand in this market. Aligners are made to conform to the shape of your teeth. They can be removed for easy cleaning and maintenance. However, they should only be used for smaller adjustments. Traditional brackets are needed to correct larger issues.
Ceramic braces are similar in structure to metal braces but the brackets are made of ceramic material customized to the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable. They are a great choice for someone who is not a good candidate for clear aligners but is looking something less noticeable than metal braces.
Another option in this vein are lingual or concealed, braces that attach to the back of your teeth rather than to the front. Naturally, these braces are less noticeable, but over time can cause problems speaking and damage to your tongue as it constantly brushes up against them.
Midwest Orthodontics offers all of these solutions and will work with you to determine the best approach to straightening your teeth. Call now to book your free orthodontic consultation with Midwest Orthodontics at our Addison office.