Traditional metal braces have stuck around for a reason: They work. And, thankfully for the people who do need to wear metal braces, this type of orthodontia has gotten better and far more user-friendly as it aligns your teeth and bite to provide you with a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty because it involves not only straightening teeth, but also aligning the jaw. Through carefully designed tooth movement and guidance, your dentist will customize an orthodontic treatment plan so that your metal braces get the job done as efficiently as possible.
The stigma of wearing braces is hard to shake at any age, but being a “brace face” isn’t what it used to be. Brackets are smaller, orthodontic materials are kinder, and it’s possible to get clear braces that are less noticeable than metal braces. The benefits of aligning your smile are far greater than the disadvantages you may perceive while wearing traditional metal braces. However, for adults who crave a straight smile without being obvious about their treatment, Invisalign may be an appealing option.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents take their children to an orthodontist by the age of 7 in order to have an evaluation of the child’s bite and to see how their teeth are developing. This appointment allows major alignment issues to be addressed early, if possible, which could ultimately eliminate the need for braces at a later age.
There are certain signs that may indicate that your child is in need of a visit to the orthodontist, regardless of their age, such as:
There is a good chance that, if you needed braces as a teen, your child is likely to need them as well. Malocclusion – misalignment – is often an inherited trait. Keeping an eye on your child’s habits, however, can help prevent the need for extreme orthodontic treatment. Do your best to wean your child from a pacifier by the age of 3, and don’t prolong the use of a bottle. Discourage your child from sucking their thumb or fingers. And see the dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.
Orthodontics are intended to treat bite irregularities and malocclusion. When your teeth don’t fit together perfectly, traditional metal braces adjust teeth into position so that the patient is free of pain and able to speak and eat with confidence.
The most common types of misalignment include:
You want your teeth to function as intended and without pain or difficulty. Teeth should easily fit within your mouth without being squished, crooked, or twisted.
Besides the obvious benefits of wearing traditional metal braces – you will ultimately end up with a straight, functioning smile – there are other perks to getting orthodontia:
Aligning your smile is transformative. You will look better, feel better, and have greater confidence about flashing a grin. Find out whether you qualify for orthodontia. Make an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez or Dr. Schmeiser today to discuss your traditional metal braces or Invisalign options.