When to get braces?
There is no age limitation for the orthodontic treatment. If you have misaligned, crooked, crowded, overbite or underbite issues which have affected your smile, so you can get braces at any age. For children, it is recommended to wait until are milk teeth get loose and all permanent teeth come up. Although the time of treatment depends on the severity and cause of the misalignment of the child’s teeth.
If you have any of the following problems, you should see a dentist check whether you need braces.
- Top and bottom front teeth don’t touch
- Top teeth overlap bottom teeth
- Bottom teeth overlap top teeth
- Teeth don’t meet on each side
- Too much space between teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Speech issue
- Crooked teeth
- Jaw or mouth pain
Braces for child
Some children may need a brace because of above-mentioned reasons such as overcrowded or crooked teeth, and bad bite. When the size of the top and bottom jaw is not fitted to gather it causes bad bite also known as malocclusion. It can include overbite when the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, or underbite which occurs when the lower jaw is bigger than the upper jaw. Tooth and jaw problems may be caused by accidents, habits such as thumb sucking or by losing baby teeth too soon.
The dentist checks your kid teeth and then decide whether your child needs orthodontic braces and also determines the best time to begin treatment. There is also no age limitation for kids to get brace but it is better to wait until all baby tooth becomes loose and permanent teeth grow in.
Braces for adult
Although childhood is the ideal time for orthodontic treatment and changing teeth position, many adults get excellent results by orthodontic treatment. But when you are considering adult orthodontic you should keep some points in your mind that the growth of adult bone is stopped so they may need to have surgery for some structural changes. More addition the entire process for adults may last longer than children. Before the orthodontic treatment adults need to see a periodontist, general dentist as well as an orthodontist to ensure about their bones status and the possibility of gum disease. There are different options for adults orthodontic such as clear braces, ceramic braces, self-lightening braces, invisible braces, and traditional metal braces.
How long will I be on the brace?
The time that you have to wear a brace depending on different factors including the severity of your problem, your age and generally your treatment plan. For example, a mild spacing or crowding can be correct in one year or even less but severe case will be fixed during a longer time. Usually, the orthodontic treatment is shorter for children and teenager compare to the adults because their jaw is still growing so it is easier to manipulate.
More addition there are different types of orthodontic braces such as ceramic braces, metal braces and clear braces that each one may need different time to be accomplished. But generally, patients should wear braces between 18 to 30 months as well as wearing a retainer from a few months up to two years.
General speaking you can benefit from the orthodontic brace at any age. This treatment option can provide you a healthy and beautiful smile. It doesn’t matter if you are a kid, teenager or adult, you can have this treatment at any time. An expert orthodontist can guide you whether you need a brace and when you can get a brace.