Braces and Orthodontic Treatment
Having crooked or crowded teeth doesn’t mean you have a bad smile. Our different smiles help make us unique. Tooth and jaw alignment problems are very common and can be the result of injury, early or late tooth loss, or genetics. For various reasons, Dr. Wilson may recommend braces or another orthodontic treatment to help straighten out your smile. There are several types of orthodontic treatments available, and Dr. Wilson will work with you to determine the best option for you.
FAQs About Braces and Orthodontics
Correcting your crooked and crowded or a misaligned jaw not only helps create a nice looking smile, but more importantly can result in a healthier mouth. Not fixing an abnormal bite may result in further oral health problems. These health concerns include tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, affected speech and/or chewing, abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and jaw problems.
Bite problems typically become noticeable between the ages of six and 12. Treating these concerns while a child is growing will help produce the best long-term results. However, this doesn’t mean that adults cannot have braces. As teeth shift with age, some adults find that their previously straight teeth have become crooked or overcrowded. Other adults get braces because they want to address crooked teeth or jaw alignment issues they’ve had their whole life.
While treatment plans will vary based on your situation, most people are in braces or some other form of orthodontic treatment for one to three years. Fortunately, braces are comfortable and easy to get use to.