If your teeth are in poor alignment, you could be facing a functional or cosmetic problem. Orthodontics (braces) can eliminate that problem for you. One of the first things people notice about you is your smile and how your teeth look. You don’t have to be a dentist to notice poorly positioned, crooked teeth. In today’s culture, crooked teeth are not regarded as attractive or desirable. Most people, when asked, say that they would like to have straight teeth. Straight, white teeth are the most sought after cosmetic dental improvements by patients.
The need for orthodontics is best discovered when you are young. A dentist will have a good indication of whether or not your teeth will be straight when he sees you as a child 6 to 8 years of age. Typically, treatment would not begin until a patient is 8 years old, although in some cases, orthodontics can be started earlier.
While orthodontic therapy is admittedly easier with a young patient, you are never too old to begin orthodontics. The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has risen dramatically during the past decade. As long as you have healthy bone support for your teeth, you can have orthodontic therapy. Most adult cases take 18 to 24 months to complete.
Orthodontics can make a dramatic improvement in your appearance, your life, and how you feel about yourself.