The Right Time To Get Braces

by | Jan 5, 2017 | Dentist

Problems such as crooked teeth, an overbite, under bite, crowded teeth and jaw position can be corrected with braces.

Orthodontists will tell you the best time to tackle problems is when the patient is between ten and 14 years old, although corrections can be made at almost any age. In the early teens the head and mouth have not yet matured and teeth are more conducive to manipulation. Braces can be traumatic to a youngster; they often see being a “metal mouth” to be a social stigma, failing to realize the long term benefits. Braces in Lombard are not just for young people; adults can also straighten their teeth and improve their smiles.

What kinds of braces are available?

Your dentist or orthodontist will know which type of braces is best suited to correct your condition. Three common approaches include metal or plastic brackets that are fixed to the front of the teeth and lingual braces which are similar in function but the brackets are attached to the back of the teeth so they are far less noticeable. A third type is invisible aligners, as these are hardly noticeable they are more popular with adults.

How long will they be on?

There is no fixed time; the length of time that you wear braces in Lombard depends on the condition of your teeth. The more complex your problem and the older you are; the longer it takes to get the desired results. The majority of treatments run between a year to 18 months, this is then followed by another six months or so of wearing a retainer.

Is it uncomfortable?

Each time you visit the orthodontist the wires that connect the brackets are tightened a little. There is a sense of mild pressure and you may experience sore jaws but these are both short lived.

The type of braces and the treatment time depend on what the orthodontist finds after completing an examination and diagnosis. There is no doubt that the short term inconvenience will prove to be well worth it.

If you have crooked or misaligned teeth; the solution is braces. If you are considering braces in Lombard you are invited to make an appointment with Oakbrook Orthodontics.

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