Many common bite issues can be resolved with orthodontic treatment. Oftentimes, orthodontic problems such as underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, crowding or excessive spacing become evident by age 7. Teeth must be shifted into the proper positions to correct bite problems. Luckily, this isn’t as hard as it may seem.
The ideal time to have orthodontic treatment is in childhood. During this time, the natural growth processes help teeth move into correct alignment. As the rest of the body is rapidly developing, so are the teeth and jaws. This is prime time to create space for crowded teeth with a palatal expander. Doing so can shorten treatment time and ensure better results if more orthodontic appliances are needed down the line.
But keep in mind, there is no age limit for getting orthodontic treatment. Teeth can be moved at any point in life. In fact, orthodontic patients today are adults. With more discreet treatment options like clear aligners, tooth-colored ceramic and invisible lingual braces adults are more likely to get their teeth straightened.
When you think about a person wearing braces, your first thought may be of a teenager with a mouth full of metal. The traditional time-tested metal brackets and wires are still the most widely used style, but this is not the only option. Clear braces use tooth-colored ceramic or clear plastic. Lingual braces are like metal braces but they are bonded to the inside teeth surfaces so they are not visible.
Clear aligners are a popular removable alternative to fixed orthodontics. This type of treatment involves a set of custom-fitted aligner trays that gradually shift teeth into proper position. Regardless of the type of correction, removable or fixed, there are pros and cons to using each treatment. After a thorough exam, your orthodontist will work with you to determine the best treatment solution for you. Contact us for more information, or book your appointment with our orthodontist near you today!