Braces are very common among young adults and teens. However, adults are also candidates for braces. It may not always be obvious when you need braces, so we want to help our readers out on when this orthodontic decision comes up.
The best age to take your child to an orthodontist is in their teens. Their teeth will be more applicable to straightening. Of course, it’s not too late to take them in later or if your an adult. Adults are commonly treated with braces, so don’t hesitate to come in.
Do I Need Braces?
You may need braces if you fit one of the following scenarios.
- Your teeth look crooked or crammed.
- You have an under or overbite.
- Your jaw shifts or makes sounds.
- You breathe through your mouth regularly.
- You have trouble chewing your food.
Some of these issues may not seem like a problem at first glance, but we recommend seeing an orthodontist. Orthodontists are able to change the position of your jaw using braces and other tools. It is a slower process and minimally invasive than jaw surgery.
If you have issues chewing your food, then we certainly recommend seeing an orthodontist. This is a nuisance for everyday life and can cause damage to your teeth over time. All of these issues are prompts to seek orthodontic treatment.
Gentle Dental has many different types of braces our clients can select from. Traditional braces are metal. Fortunately, the passing of time has made them smaller, less painful, and act faster. Other options include ceramic braces and Invisalign.
Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces in size and appearance. However, ceramic braces have clear brackets to blend in with teeth. These are popular options for those wanting their braces less noticeable.
Invisalign are “invisible braces,” which are only available for teens and adults. These clear aligners are popular options for those not wanting traditional or ceramic braces. Invisalign are molded to your own teeth and are 3-D printed.
If you believe you or your child needs braces, then contact us today. Call us at (281) 855-1100 or visit our website for more information. Gentle Dental will help you find the right fit for your teeth.