Many people think that once they have reached a certain age, it is too late to fix his or her smile. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
Whether you’re an adult who needed braces as a kid and never got them, or you’ve developed misaligned teeth as an adult, braces can improve your smile and oral health. They can straighten crooked teeth, align your bite, and make it easier to keep teeth clean.
Dental braces tend to fall into two major categories: fixed and removable. Before recommending a specific course of treatment, your dental professional will visually examine your mouth, take x-rays and form bite impressions. Once a firm diagnosis has been made, a discussion regarding treatment options can take place to determine the quickest and best procedure.
A common misconception about orthodontic treatment is that it is exclusively for children. While it is advised to receive orthodontic treatment during childhood, if it is needed, treatment can commence at any age. By ensuring that your teeth are properly aligned, you will both improve your smile and your ability to properly clean your teeth, thus avoiding potentially worse problems like gum disease.
You really aren’t ever too old for orthodontic treatment, but for adults, it is a little different compared to orthodontics for children. This is because in adults, the jaws have long since finished growing and developing so that changing the positions of teeth must be accomplished in a slightly different way. With children, the jaws are still growing and developing, and frequently orthodontic treatment is timed to coincide with the growth.
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