Why get Braces?
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Such problems can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems.
There is an emotional side of an unattractive smile. When you're not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Children and adults whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles with tight lips or a protective hand.
Finally, without treatment, many problems become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years.
At What Age Should I Get Orthodontic Treatment? Jan 30, 2014
Some people think orthodontic treatment is only for teenagers, but the truth is you can undergo treatment at any age. Your jaw is growing the quickest when your are 8 or 9 and many problems are more easily corrected during this phase.
We recommend children be evaluated for orthodontic need by age seven. Permanent teeth usually come in around 12 or 13 and that is normally the best time to start full orthodontic treatment. You can get braces at any age but as you get older the treatment can take much longer. However, adults as old as 90 can get orthodontic treatment to fix crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment works best around ages 8 to 14 so it's usually best to start orthodontic treatment during that time span.
If you have any questions about the age to start with treatment, please call us at Demro Orthodontics at 641-424-3375 and we would be happy to set up a free initial consultation.
Dr.Judith G Demro