Braces for Kids
Crooked, crowded, and misaligned teeth can have a significant impact on a child’s overall confidence, as well as their ability to eat and speak.
The American Association of Orthodontists estimate that 75 percent of children can benefit from wearing braces. If that number sounds high to you, it’s because braces are not always needed solely to fix crooked teeth. They can correct jaw and other unseen issues that may exist in children who appear to have straight teeth.
Wondering if your child is ready to see the orthodontist? We recommend that kids as young as seven years old begin visiting the orthodontist. Once the permanent, or “adult”, teeth come in for a child, then the orthodontist can begin identifying potential trouble spots and determine if the child is a good candidate for braces or other orthodontic treatment.
There’s no magic age to determine when it’s the perfect time to see an orthodontist. The first orthodontic consultation is generally done between ages 7 and 10. The good news is that the sooner the orthodontic consultation is held, the sooner potential problems can be detected and addressed.
Braces for Adults
A common myth is that braces don’t help adults because your teeth are permanently set in place once you reach adulthood. Therefore, they cannot be corrected with braces or other orthodontic services. If you know any adults that have had braces then you know that this is not the case.
While teeth may be easier to move when you are younger, braces are still a great and highly effective option for adults of any age that would like to correct an issue with their teeth or jaw.
Invisalign and Other Orthodontic Options
Metal braces are still the most common teeth straightening option, however there are other options available that are more comfortable, more convenient, and much noticeable to others. Invisalign and it’s clear aligners are a great example of this.
Clear aligners are plastic trays that are molded to fit over your teeth and, over time, these aligners are adjusted to push your teeth into their correct position. The good news about aligners is that they are removable, which makes them easier to clean and maintain, and much easier to eat with during treatment.
Invisalign and other aligners are only intended for adjustments that are less-severe. If there are large gaps that need to be closed or significant movement needed out of your teeth then braces are still the primary option available.
Ceramic braces offer a middle ground between metal braces and clear aligners. They are similar in structure to metal braces but the brackets are customized to the color of your teeth, which makes them less noticeable.
Midwest Orthodontics offers each of the options listed above and will work with you to determine which one will be the best fit —literally and figuratively — for your teeth.
Get started today with a 100% free orthodontic consultation to learn more about the treatment options that work best for you or your child.