When Is It Time To Consider Braces
Orthodontics helps many children, teens and adults achieve healthy, straight, attractive smiles. Are you considering braces for your child or even for yourself? When should an orthodontic evaluation happen, and why?
Richard Ta DDS, Fremont, CA dentist, evaluates patients of all ages for orthodontic correction. As part of comprehensive dental services, braces move teeth into healthier, more aesthetically pleasing positions for patients with:
- overlapping, crowded teeth
- cross bite
- over bite
- under bite
- open bite
- smile gaps
- rotated teeth
- other bite and alignment issues
Why Get Braces
Braces deliver many important benefits such as:
- a more attractive set of teeth
- increased self-confidence when smiling and speaking in public
- less tooth decay due to crowding
- less chance of gum disease
- reduced headaches and earaches from misaligned teeth and jaws
- better speech and ability to bite and chew
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to plan or begin intervention if needed. Additionally, the Academy of General Dentistry says that most orthodontic treatment starts between the ages of 10 and 14, but that many adults can and do pursue treatment as well.
Kinds of Braces
Modern braces are more versatile than traditional metal and wire braces. While these tried and true appliances work well for complex cases, dentists often recommend clear aligners (Invisalign) for mild to moderate orthodontic correction. Ideal for many older teens and adults, Invisalign clear aligners are:
- removable for hygiene, eating and special occasions
- practically invisible
Unlike metal and wire braces, Invisalign braces correct smiles in about a year. The patient receives 18 to 30 pairs of aligners over the course of treatment, and dentist and parents monitor teen compliance with built-in wear tabs.
Other kinds of braces include ceramic braces with tooth-colored porcelain brackets. These are a more attractive option than metal bracket and wire braces. Plus, lingual braces, mounted on the tongue side of teeth so as not to show when the individual smiles, accomplish many treatment plans. Metal, lingual and ceramic braces average treatment times of 2 years or more.
Get an Evaluation
Dr. Richard Ta, Fremont dentist, can evaluate your teeth and bone structure to determine if you need braces. He takes x-rays and other imaging to compose a treatment plan individualized for each patient's needs.
If you want a healthier, more attractive smile that lasts, why not contact Richard Ta and his professional staff today for a one-on-one consultation? Call (510) 573-3286.