Braces for All Ages
Braces aren’t just for teens. Orthodontic treatment can help adults and also children as young as age 7, too. Here’s a brief overview of how orthodontic treatment can help people’s smiles of all ages, from young children to older adults.
The bite of the back teeth is established when the first molars erupt, which usually happens around age 6 or 7. As soon as those molars come in, we can evaluate the position of the upper and lower teeth as they bite together to ensure they are in a good position. Whether your child needs orthodontic treatment or not, coming in to Smile Ranch for a check-up as early as age 7 can provide great benefits. An early check-up can give you peace of mind knowing that your child’s teeth are coming in properly. It can also reveal hidden problems that aren’t easily seen without the help of an orthodontist. Early orthodontic treatment can help:
- Influence jaw growth in the right way.
- Fix width of the dental arches.
- Improve tooth eruption patterns.
- Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors.
- Correct bad oral habits.
- Improve self-esteem and the appearance of the smile.
- Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later orthodontics.
- Reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
- Improve some speech problems.
- Preserve or add space for permanent teeth.
Teens & Adolescents
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment – and for good reason. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be treated. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
For some teens, braces are a right of passage; something they share with other kids their age. Others are more hesitant and would prefer a more invisible option. Orthodontic treatment has gotten better over the years, and teens have more choices when it comes to getting straighter teeth. Getting braces or Invisalign as a teen lets us take advantage of the natural growth that happens during these important developmental years. Their higher metabolism helps us shape the bite and teeth correctly, minimize discomfort, and shorten overall treatment times in many cases.
Did you know that nearly 1.5 million orthodontic patients were adults in 2014 (American Association of Orthodontists)? While many adults come in for cosmetic reasons, getting a straighter smile does more than improve appearance. You can improve the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you get orthodontic treatment as an adult, you can possibly avoid:
- Severe cavities and tooth decay
- Gum and bone loss
- Irregular wear of the tooth enamel
- Bad bite
- TMJ/TMD pain
Orthodontic treatment is just as effective for adults as it is for teenagers. They also have a wide variety of options to choose from, including:
Getting braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic treatment can help anyone at any age, and the benefits are more than just a better-looking smile. If you are thinking about getting braces or Invisalign, schedule a free consultation with us! We can help you start your journey of a “Smile Ranch” smile today!