Metal braces are a tried-and-true method for straightening teeth. Wearing them allows you to align and straighten your bite.
Braces’ most obvious purposes are cosmetic in nature, but that isn’t actually the whole story.
A misaligned bite can cause extra wear to your teeth, and it can make brushing and flossing difficult. If dental work—like crowns, bridges, or implants—are ever necessary in the future, a misaligned bite will make these solutions difficult. If a crown, bridge, or implant is possible, they may not last as long as they would in a smile that is well-aligned.
Signs Your Child Will Need Braces
While braces are worn by all ages, they are most commonly used to treat children aged 10-14. Some common reasons your child will need braces include that they have:
- Teeth that don’t touch correctly or have large gaps that prevent them from meeting at all.
- Baby teeth that fall out early, late, or irregularly. Most children lose their baby teeth between the ages of 4 and 7.
- Crowding or misplaced teeth.
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.
- Difficulty chewing or biting.
- Jaws that shift or make sounds.
- A tendency to bite the cheek or roof of the mouth.
Your orthodontist will be able to offer expert advice regarding your child’s treatment.
Aligning Your Bite as an Adult
It’s never too late to correct your bite! Many adults do choose braces, but there are other options available that many adults prefer. The most popular option is Invisalign.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing clear aligners on your teeth for most of the day, removing the aligners during eating and brushing. Since this is an invisible and flexible treatment option, it’s perfect for adults and mature teenagers.
Since Invisalign treatment requires self-discipline, it is typically not recommended for children.
Getting Started With Invisalign or Braces
Our in-house orthodontist is Dr. Sam Faranesh. He is an experienced orthodontist who is passionate about helping patients achieve the smiles of their dreams.