Considering orthodontic treatment leaves many questions in your mind. Whether you’re considering braces for your child or for yourself, it’s never too late to correct alignment and bite problems and have the smile of your dreams. Looking at some of orthodontic treatment’s most frequently asked questions can give you an idea of what to consider and you can talk more with your orthodontist about your questions!
When Should My Child Be Evaluated for Braces?
Although every child is different in regards to losing baby teeth and getting their adult teeth in, the American Association of Orthodontists advises that your child be seen by an orthodontist around age 7. Although not every child will need braces this early (and some may not need braces at all), getting your child evaluated around this age allows your orthodontist to spot any big problems before your child’s mouth has time to mature and avoid more extensive treatment later.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
Good news—you’re never too old for braces! Although people typically have braces as children or teens, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment that they didn’t or couldn’t have as a child. As long as your mouth is healthy, orthodontic treatment is an option for you regardless of your age. It’s never too late to seek a consultation!
Should I Consider Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner that can be removed and is custom-fit to your smile. You’ll need to talk with your orthodontist about whether or not you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign could be a good choice for you if you’re an adult who’s worried about your appearance with braces or not being able to eat some of your favorite foods. However, if you have complicated dental issues and want your orthodontic treatment to be as short as possible, traditional braces may be the better option!
Do Braces Hurt?
Like all new things, braces take some time to get used to. Your teeth may feel sore or mildly uncomfortable for a few days after you first get your braces or after your adjustments. Braces have come a long way since their first introduction in the 18 th century, and technology allows your orthodontist to keep your treatment as comfortable as possible. Be patient with your braces and ask your orthodontist what you can do to minimize any discomfort you’re feeling.
How Long Will My Child Need to Have Braces?
Every child is different! Your child may only need braces for a few months, others for a few years. It all depends on the severity of the problems and the earlier you seek treatment, the better!
What Problems Do Braces Correct?
Braces can correct a number of problems, including straightening crooked teeth, correcting bite problems, and fixing jaw issues. All of these could lead to bigger oral health problems later on—crooked teeth lead to tight spaces where bacteria and plaque form, leading to decay; bite problems and jaw problems lead to improper wearing of teeth and could even lead to TMJ.
Schedule a consultation with an orthodontist if you’re considering treatment for yourself or for your child. Your orthodontist can answer any more questions you may have and talk with you about your options for treatment, if needed!