orthodonticsMany kids don’t have perfect teeth, so it is important not to worry if yours aren’t straight.  Take a look at your classmates; odds are many of them probably don’t have straight teeth either because sometimes teeth just don’t grow in evenly.  Your teeth may be crooked, or your upper and lower jaws might not be the same size.  Either way, this is called malocclusion, which means bad bite.  Our implant dentist in Laurel offers orthodontics to help improve your oral health and straighten your teeth. Although braces are often associated with uncomfortable, bulky metal and brackets, with recent advancements in dentistry, braces don’t have to be uncomfortable.

What are Braces Made From?

Braces can be as inconspicuous or as noticeable as you would like.  Brackets, which are the part of the braces that attaché to each tooth, are smaller and can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth, making the brackets less noticeable.  Brackets can be made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of both of these materials.  Some brackets can also be clear or tooth-colored to provide an even more inconspicuous look. 

What is the Right Age for Braces?

Typically, a person inherits tooth spacing, malocclusion, crowding, misalignment or similar problems from their parents.  However, these conditions also may be caused by habits such as thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, lip wedging, mouth breathing due to allergies or large tonsils and adenoids, premature loss of teeth or trauma, and generally begin to appear between the ages of six and 12-years old – the time when the permanent teeth start to erupt. 
Because of this, dental braces should begin between the ages of eight and 14 in order to achieve optimal results.  Generally, it is also considered ideal to have an orthodontic evaluation no later than the age of seven, since this is when there is a good mix if primary and adult teeth in the mouth.  Our implant dentist in Laurel is also better able to spot developing teeth and jaw growth at this time in a child’s life.  This enables them to anticipate problems that may arise and plan braces treatment accordingly.

Can Adults Wear Braces?

Children are not the only ones that can straighten their teeth with braces and enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile – adults can too!  If you are an adult, it is not too late to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, incorrect jaw position, or jaw-joint disorders.  The biological process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age, but treatment for an adult typically takes a little longer than that of a child’s.  Since an adult’s facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone.  No matter your age, it is never too late to improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile.
Talk to our Laurel orthodontics dentist today about orthodontic treatments.  By visiting our office, we can recommend an appropriate treatment plan to bring you on the right track to a straighter, more appealing smile.