Although they are no longer the only solution, braces are still incredibly common. Yet many people do not know what to expect. Here are the top 7 braces questions and answers.
1. What Are My Options?
In addition to traditional metal braces, you can also choose clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires, or even fashion colors. Other options include Invisalign or similar aligner-based tooth straightening systems.
2. At What Age Should My Child Get Braces?
Every child is different, and there is no single “best age” to get braces. An early orthodontics appointment around the child’s 7th birthday gives us the opportunity to perform any needed preventive treatments, giving the permanent teeth the best chance to come in straight. Still, many kids will need braces. They are normally placed between ages 10 and 14, depending on the child’s physical growth rate and how fast the permanent teeth are emerging.
3. How Long Does Treatment Last?
Braces treatment typically lasts for one to three years, depending on how severe the issues are and how fast growth occurs. The length of treatment is also affected by the patient’s commitment to the process, including keeping all appointments, wearing rubber bands and other equipment as instructed, and maintaining scrupulous oral hygiene.
4. Should Adults Get Braces?
Adults make up about 20% of all braces wearers. Braces can be highly effective long after the permanent teeth emerge. They can correct problems with your bite and give you many decades of straight and attractive teeth.
5. Are Braces Just for Aesthetics?
Although many people’s motivation for getting braces is aesthetic, straight teeth are important to oral health. Correcting bite issues can reduce or eliminate pain in the jaw, especially during chewing. Straight teeth are also easier to clean, minimizing the risk for gingivitis and tooth decay.
6. Are Braces as Bad as They Were When I Was a Kid?
Braces have evolved significantly in the past few years. Traditional metal brackets are smaller than they once were. Clear and tooth-colored brackets are far less noticeable. Heat-activated wires move teeth gradually, making adjustments less painful. Technological advances have developed smart brackets and wires that provide more efficient, more comfortable, and faster treatment.
If you are seeking a passionate, caring, highly experienced orthodontist in Westchester County, contact Fine Orthodontics today at 914-666-8997 (Mount Kisco) or 914-232-2997 (Katonah).