How does orthodontic treatment work?
Orthodontic braces use gentle pressure by way of brackets and the archwire that connects them, to gradually move teeth into proper positions.
Are teeth braces for adults advisable and would they benefit from it?
Definitely! In fact, the number of adult patients is growing and accounts for more than 35% of new patients in our orthodontic practice. While there are a few limitations – slightly longer treatment time due to jaw bones being fully developed and teeth moving slower – these are certainly reasonable. On the positive side, modern ceramic dental braces are tooth-coloured and much less visible. Invisalign also provides a sought-after alternative with invisible clear aligners and removable trays. You might even look younger with these braces on, and you’ll be rewarded with a more beautiful smile after treatment.
At what age should I schedule my first visit to an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a screening at age 7, by which time several permanent teeth have erupted in most children. This allows for an effective evaluation of your orthodontic condition. However, dental braces treatment is not exclusive to kids, with about 1 in 5 patients being over the age of 21. Any time is a good time if you’re thinking of consulting an orthodontist.
What are a few signs that you may require teeth correction braces?
Difficulty chewing, crowded/overlapped teeth or spaces between the teeth, upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together.
Are braces painless or do they interfere with your lifestyle?
The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. While there may be an initial period of adjustment, they do not affect your day-to-day activities. It is even more convenient nowadays with removable braces for teeth.