Misaligned and crooked teeth aren’t the only reasons to get braces, although they’re probably among the most common. Other reasons to get braces include traumatic injury, overly crowded teeth, and a condition known a malocclusion, which means “a bad bite.” Conditions that call for braces not only have an adverse effect on the way you look, but they can also serve as the underlying cause for functionality issues, impacting your ability to properly chew your food and to speak. Fortunately, modern orthodontics can deal with any condition.
Who Are Braces For?
Most people get braces when they are between the ages of 7 and 14. This is because the facial structures of children are still developing, making it easier for the teeth to be trained to conform in the desired way. However, adults can also be good candidates for braces, even though they may need additional procedures due their facial structures being fully developed. Adults are sometimes self-conscious about braces, but clear aligners are available which are virtually undetectable, and these can be removed while eating or drinking. With today’s technology, there is no reason for anyone to live with misaligned or crooked teeth no matter what their age.
Are Braces Comfortable?
Today’s braces are much more comfortable than their counterparts of the past, thanks to advances in dental technology. Modern braces are made from lightweight, flexible materials. Although they need to be adjusted by the orthodontist on a regular basis as the teeth grow into position, most people find that the discomfort is temporary and mild.
Do Braces Come With Hygiene Issues?
Those with braces need to take a few extra steps to ensure their teeth remain healthy. Avoid sticky foods, and remember to follow a rigid dental hygiene program. Some patients use water irrigation devices to thoroughly clean their mouths.
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