Orthodontic treatment is designed to correct teeth that are crooked, do not align properly or are overly crowded. Although orthodontic treatment has significant aesthetic advantages, appearance isn’t the only benefit. Those with crooked, misaligned, or overly crowded teeth are at higher risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease because these conditions pose substantial obstacles to optimal oral hygiene. Braces are the most common form of orthodontics, and most patients where them during some point in their teenage years. The time frame for wearing braces varies wildly — some only need them for as little as six months, but it’s more common for those who need braces to wear them for two years or even slightly longer. Patients who fail to follow their orthodontist’s directions run the risk of increasing the time that they’ll be required to wear the braces.
Orthodontics for Adults
Even though orthodontics have traditionally been associated with teenagers wearing mouthfuls of metal as braces, modern options exist for adults in the form of clear braces that are very difficult for the casual observer to discern. Unlike traditional braces, these can be taken off during meals and to brush and floss the teeth, minimizing the chances of tooth decay occurring. However, it’s important that these are worn at least 22 hours per day.
Teenagers may be able to wear clear braces as well, although they also have the option of wearing colorful braces.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office at your earliest convenience if we can be of assistance concerning any questions about orthodontic dentistry that you may have.