SEVEN HILLS DENTAL

Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

SEVEN HILLS DENTAL

Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Is It Ever Too Late To Get Braces?


Recently, more adults are using orthodontics for braces. Ortho patients come from all walks of life and can be seen in offices across America! One major reason why so many people choose this treatment over other types is that they have confidence when wearing an appliance because it's widely accepted among youth as well as ideal alignment being achieved before adulthood which means you will not need any retainer wear later on down the road if your teen chooses to get their teeth fixed now instead or later after high school graduation

If someone wants straightening treatments early enough then there isn't anything wrong with giving them some brass rings too.

Braces not only give you a beautiful smile, but they can improve your health in so many ways.

What are some of these benefits?:

  • Reduced Tooth Decay – Misaligned teeth can make maintaining adequate oral hygiene incredibly difficult. Hard-to-reach spaces can become breeding grounds for the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  • Reduced Wear and Tear – Chewing capability is impacted by malocclusion. Improper alignment means that as food is chewed, force is not evenly distributed. This can lead to flattened teeth and lopsided wear and tear on dental enamel.
  • Relief of Jaw Pain – Not only does a comfortable bite distribute pressure evenly across teeth, it can also create smooth, pain-free dental function. Patients with malocclusion experience jaw joint disorders (TMJ dysfunction) that create clicking, popping, and discomfort when opening and closing the mouth.

What Types of Misalignment Require Braces?

Orthodontic braces can help to improve teeth and jaw alignment issues. If you're experiencing any of the following common types:

  • Overbite - An overbite occurs when the maxilla (upper jaw) protrudes further than the mandible (lower jaw). This condition can give the chin a sunken appearance and make the smile look toothier than normal.
  • Underbite – An underbite occurs when the mandible protrudes further than the maxilla. This condition may be the result of growth irregularities and can make the chin look overly large.
  • Overcrowding – Overcrowding occurs when there is insufficient room for the adult teeth to erupt and align. In some cases, a tooth or several teeth may need to be extracted to provide room on the arch for proper alignment.

What Kind Of Braces Will I Need?

Dentists will first need to visually examine your mouth, take x-rays and form bite impressions before recommending a specific course of treatment. They'll also discuss the different options with you depending on how severe it is as well as whether or not things like braces would help in certain situations.

Here is a brief overview of some common types of braces:

  • Fixed Dental Braces – These dental braces have two major components: brackets and an archwire. A metal, clear or ceramic bracket is glued to each tooth and an archwire is used to link them. During adjustment appointments, the orthodontist will gently tighten or replace wires to train the teeth into the desired position.
  • Lingual Braces – These braces are fixed yet invisible because they are fitted behind the teeth. Lingual braces are effective for straightening teeth, but on occasion cause minor speech problems and tongue discomforts due to their positioning.
  • Invisalign® – This system of removable aligners is favored by many adults because of its natural appearance. A series of plastic trays are used to gradually move teeth into proper alignment.
  • Retainers – When realignment is complete, measures need to be taken to ensure that the teeth do not shift back into the old alignment. Retainers hold teeth in the desired position, allowing bone to form around teeth’s new position.