Many people can remember back to when they had braces when they were younger. The typical milestone many middle school and junior school kids experience. Otherwise know as the awkward years. Thankfully the temporary experience was just that, temporary, and the result of straight teeth was definitely worth it. However, some people don’t get braces when they were younger, either because they never visited and orthodontist to begin with, or because their parents didn’t think it was a necessary thing to do. Struggling with cross bites and buck teeth as well as various teeth growing into incorrect positions can be a daily reminder that a solution is available. Putting off the thought of getting braces is not going to make the matter go away and in some cases, it may result in the build up of additional unpleasant dental situations down the road.
Seeing an orthodontist should be just like visiting a family physician. It should be done on a routine basis, starting as early as 7 years old. This essentially begins as a preventative method in order to ensure teeth are growing and forming properly, while pinpointing potential problems and correcting them before they get worse. Many people fail to see the downfalls of ignoring crooked teeth. In some cases, gum disease can be caused by crooked teeth, which can really turn into a painful and severe experience and is usually treated with extensive gum surgery and treatment methods. Having crooked teeth can also contribute to how we go about our daily lives. Poor speech and difficulty chewing can make for a difficult acclamation into a very judgmental society. Whether you are 14 or 44, consulting with an orthodontist about braces is a smart step in addressing the current undesirable state of your dental cavity.
Regardless of age, many people put off getting braces because they think the way they will look with braces will be far more embarrassing than they way they look without them. However, there have been superior advances made in the orthodontic industry that make the act of wearing braces much more enjoyable and discreet. Two major industry leaders are that of lingual braces and Invisalign braces.
Lingual braces are actual braces that are custom built to meet the specifications of one mouth and are placed behind the teeth instead of in front of the teeth. Lingual braces allow one to feel comfortable with wearing braces that no one will be able to see, and will meet with the same tooth alignment result as traditional braces.
Invisalign braces are another popular alternative. They are essentially a series of different aligners that a patient wears for a given amount of time before moving to the next one. The aligners are all invisible and the patient can remove them to eat food and when they are brushing their teeth.
These alignment options can usually be worn by just about anyone with teeth that are crooked, spaced, part of an overbite or underbite. A professional orthodontist can easily assess the situation of tooth growth and placement and further recommend the best treatment option that meets the patients satisfaction.