Think that having braces means a mouth full of ugly metal brackets and wires, painful gums and the need for torturous adjustments? Think again! You no longer have to suffer to gain a beautiful smile.
Dental technology has moved on. Modern methods ultilize advanced materials and techniques to correct dental alignment issues, which means that today’s solutions are discreet, comfortable and, for some systems, removable.
Orthodontics is a highly specialized field of dentistry focused on the correction of about improper bites caused by tooth irregularity, a disproportionate jaw relationship, or both. These issues usually start to become apparent between the ages of six to 12, when children start to lose their baby teeth and their permanent teeth come in, and treatment usually starts between the ages of 8 and 14. In adults, treatment is prescribed to correct problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, or jaw-joint disorders.
There are no age restrictions for fixing teeth alignment as the biological process involved in moving teeth remains the same across the ages. However, it should be noted that treatment for adults usually takes longer than that for children and so, ideally, treatment should be started as early as possible.