Years ago, orthodontic treatments were used only for pre-teens and teens having problems with their bite (malocclusion). Today, orthodontic treatments like dental braces are not only for pre-teens and teens, but for adults as well.
No matter what your age, orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness in performing their functions and create a well-aligned smile. Today's orthodontics involves repositioning of the teeth and underlying roots, providing better support for the crown of the tooth. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater esthetic appeal, increased comfort and reduced treatment time.
Orthodontic treatment can also rejuvenate your facial appearance also well-aligned teeth make oral hygiene easier to maintain.
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies based on your age, the extensiveness of the procedure (some people require more work than others) and how closely you follow your treatment plan. For example, younger patients may respond more quickly to treatment than older patients because the bones supporting young teeth are more pliable than those supporting older teeth. However, adults tend to follow treatment instructions more consistently than pre-teens.
Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing. By moving the teeth into the ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for both children and adults.
There are different types of braces which are suitable for both adults and children.
Invisible braces - INVISALIGN
Fast acting braces
Braces for children
This is a dental device which is made from plastic or metal, e.g. nickel titanium which is worn in the mouth to correct crooked or misaligned teeth.
A brace consists of a small plate with springs and wires attached which apply a gentle pressure to the teeth, thereby causing them to move into a correct alignment.
There are two types of braces: fixed and removable. Fixed braces are only removed once treatment has ended. The removable type of brace is taken out each day for cleaning and before eating but is replaced straight after.
A brace helps to pull misaligned teeth back into position; corrects an overbite or crossbite; prevents overcrowding of teeth and malocclusion; treats jaw disorders such as TMJ.
Dental braces can be worn by children as young as 8. In fact, children benefit more from wearing a brace as the bones in their face are still growing and respond better to a brace.
But adults can also benefit. A brace will realign crooked or protruding teeth which improves both their appearance and function.
Modern dental braces are comfortable to wear and less noticeable than before. There are clear or invisible braces which are worn over the teeth and are practically undetectable to the naked eye.