What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?
The best time is generally during childhood, but adults can have orthodontic treatment too – and more and more are doing so. Age is less important than having the right number of teeth. In children it may be necessary to wait for enough teeth to come through before starting treatment.
When it comes to orthodontic treatments, there are lots of different options to choose from. Picking the right type of braces for you and your orthodontic needs isn’t difficult. Your doctor will consult with you to find out what type of braces will best fit your needs and help move your teeth into the ideal alignment, in the most convenient manner for you as the patient. From all the different types of braces that you could choose from, there are definitely some that are more appropriate for different types of orthodontic conditions than others.
How do I Know if I Need Orthodontics?
Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Based on diagnostic tools that include a full medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, plaster models of your teeth, and special X-rays and photographs, an orthodontist or dentist can decide whether orthodontics are recommended, and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
Overbite: sometimes called “buck teeth” — an overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. Most people have at least a little overbite.
Underbite: a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back
Crossbite: when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally
Open bite: If your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed, your doctor calls this an open bite.
Gap teeth (spacing): gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth
Crowed teeth: When you don’t have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, your teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front or the back.
How Does Orthodontic Treatment Work?
Many different types of appliances, both fixed and removable, are used to help move teeth, retrain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. These appliances work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws. The severity of your problem will determine which orthodontic approach is likely to be the most effective.