As we progress towards a more affluent society, people are looking more at aesthetics than ever before. Partly influence by the entertainment industry, everyone wants to look good. And teeth are one very important aspect as when you smile you have to showcase them to the world. Unfortunately not all of us are blessed with perfectly aligned teeth. Most of us have some form of crowding or crook teeth as it is commonly called. And that’s where braces or orthodontic treatment comes into the picture.
WHEN CAN BRACES BE DONE
Orthodontic treatment is where teeth are aligned by gentle forces to the position desired. We can start braces treatment usually when most of the adult teeth are out which is about 12 years old. In some special situations we may need to start even earlier. There is no real age limit for braces, more and more people are starting braces in their 40s. But of course your dentist will have to determine the suitability.
2 MAIN REASONS WHY PEOPLE DO BRACES: AESTHETICS & FUNCTIONALITY
For aesthetic reasons we have discussed above.
1. Some have very bad crowding of the teeth such that it is very difficult to brush their teeth which in the long run will cause decay. So braces will be very useful to align the teeth to make it easier to clean the teeth.
2. Some have very bad teeth alignment such that they cannot bite properly, therefore braces is a way to solve the problem. But sometimes it is necessary to combine braces with surgery depending on how severe is the situation.
There are also a few different types of braces available but each will have its own specific indications, so it is necessary for the dentist to assess each individual before discussing the options available. If in doubt about your condition please do consult your dentist to find out more.