Braces are required to improve a patient’s “orofacial” appearance by fixing many orthodontic problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints. These problems can result in tooth decay, gum diseases, earaches, and headaches, speaking, biting or chewing problems if they are left untreated.
Recommended age for teeth braces
People are often confused with a question, when do I need braces? Everything has the right time. There is no particular age in orthodontics. You can get them at any age. The ideal time is 10-14 years of age, while the mouth is still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening.
Sometimes adults need braces and receive the same benefit from them, It may take a little longer as there is no longer the growth of mouth and teeth. The average adult wears metal wires for 18 months to three years. But after these are removed, a retainer is worn that maintains the result of your treatment.
How do you know if your teeth need braces
Consult with your dentist and ask for an evaluation. But braces are fixed depending upon the complexity of your case and whether or not your dentist refers you to an orthodontist, a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental and facial irregularities.
If your teeth are not straight you should take them seriously then. But how would you know if you need a set? Here are some simple signs.
Crowded or crooked teeth, this type of situation is known as malocclusion where the teeth are sideways, overlapping each other or are significantly farther than the surrounding teeth.
Teeth far apart: other than crowding, if any of your teeth is missing, proportionally smaller or large gaps are found between your teeth then you need braces.
Teeth should fit together: if you bite down, your upper and lower jaw should not have any spaces and should not protrude significantly past the others. So, if you feel these symptoms, visit a dentist soon.
Plaque and decaying food particles: the chances of plaque and decaying food particles increase if the bite is misaligned. These can lead to periodontal disease, gingivitis, dental abscesses, and even tooth loss.
There are other problems commonly seen in childhood that may also benefit from orthodontic treatment. These include the early or late loss of baby teeth, persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to visit our office. But keep in mind that early screening doesn’t mean treatment has to start right away — In fact, most kids don’t begin active orthodontic treatment until they’re 9-14 years old.
How do braces work on crowded teeth
Braces stay in a place for a certain amount of time and straighten teeth by putting pressure on teeth. But children just need regular retainers and wire, which helps to move the teeth, and rubber band which helps to correct the alignment. If your teeth need a little extra help, you may have to get the power chains which will help to close the gaps by forcing the teeth to move towards each other. Take a look at when do you get power chains on braces
Oral hygiene is more important than ever because they have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped. So brush carefully after every meal with a soft-bristled brush and rinse and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they are clean. Enamel staining around brackets or bands will occur if the cleaning is not done properly while wearing retainers.
Can you get braces even if your teeth are straight
If your teeth are already straight why would you even want the braces in the first place it just doesn’t make any sense. It’s a weird desire some people have and it is not healthy for your teeth and the tissues which are supporting your teeth. Braces are the short term temporary solution to fix your bad bite or misaligned teeth. Not recommended for long term wear. It is a weird desire to have them in your mouth even if you have proper teeth. Remember its not a Fashion accessories like jewelry. They are used to treat medical issues of the teeth. Also, its Unethical for a Dentist or Orthodontist to put braces on your teeth even if you don’t need them.
How long should braces be worn
how long you have to wear braces depends on how complex your case is. some people just have to wear them for about 12 months to get the results but on the other hand, some patient’s teeth may take more than 2 years for the treatment. So the treatment times will vary from person to person.
If you start at an early age the less time it takes
it depends on the severity with misalignment of your teeth(whether it’s just misaligned teeth or the problem is related to the whole jaw)
Type of misalignment (overjet, overbite, crossbite, reverse bite)
whether or not it requires surgery.
How regular are you with your appointments.
How proper you maintain your braces ( often broken brackets rebonding, again and again, increases the time period of treatment)
When do teeth start to straighten with braces
Be patient thing takes time because your teeth should get used to the new changes that you are going to make. It takes time but it will be worth waiting to see the results if you follow the proper guidance given by your orthodontist. Don’t just try to rush the treatment process, the more you give time to fix the issue the best results you can expect. if you want to speed up the process it might cause some serious issues in the future because your orthodontist should understand the severity of your case. Each patient’s mouth is different from others so the treatment process that works for one might not adjust for others because everyone’s severity of the malalignment is different, some might takes less time to get the results.