People of all ages benefit greatly from a properly aligned bite and a straight smile; not only does a proper bite reduce discomfort and potential damage to the teeth, but also eliminates problems eating and speaking and risks for jaw pain. Traditional braces have long been a reliable way to get a healthy bite and aligned smile, and Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska of Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care offer a full array of orthodontic treatments, including braces.
How Braces Work
Most of us know how traditional braces look, but we may remain confused about how they work. They require wire brackets to be glued to the individual teeth, and then a wire is run through the brackets. This is tightened and adjusted in a way that slowly pulls the teeth into a much healthier position.
When Are Traditional Braces Required?
Though there is now orthodontics for younger kids that help to reduce the risks or need for more complex orthodontics later, traditional braces are often needed when a patient (of any age) struggles with:
- Crooked teeth
- Protruding teeth (above or below)
- Irregular spacing
- Over, under or crossbite
While you might say that such issues could be cosmetic, at Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care, we always suggest orthodontics, including braces, if a patient is finding it difficult or even impossible to properly clean the teeth. This always leads to tooth decay but can worsen gum disease and tooth loss. And as we already pointed out, Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska will also suggest the use of braces or other orthodontics if a patient’s bite is completely out of alignment as it can lead to uneven wear, damage to the teeth and dental loss or jaw problems.
Is There a Better Age for Getting Braces?
There is no right or wrong age, though most people start wearing them in their early teens. This is due simply to the fact that a younger person’s jaw and teeth are still emerging or developing, making it an ideal time to position those teeth into a proper alignment.
Many adults hesitate to pursue braces as an effective remedy for bite related issues. After all, they are very self-conscious about the wires and brackets, but there are options such as invisible braces and even Invisalign for those who don’t want to wear classic braces. In fact, opting for the alternatives can usually make oral hygiene and daily eating easier, though not everyone is a candidate for options like Invisalign.
Contact Us for a Braces Consultation Today
It is interesting to note that classic braces may also work a bit faster for some issues, enabling a patient to see their treatment completed within a shorter time frame. To figure out which options work for your needs and offer a better solution to your goals, contact us online or by calling our Lyons office at (620) 257-5193 or our Inman office at (620) 585-6766. We will book an initial consultation to review your needs and determine the ideal orthodontics treatment plan.