Whether you’re thinking about getting braces for your teenager or yourself, orthodontic treatment can have different results depending on your problems. The good news, though, is that you’re never too old to achieve a straight and healthy smile. As long as you have teeth, it could be the right time for braces.
A Few Braces Basics
Local orthodontists tend to recommend braces for people with dental issues like under and overbites, crooked teeth and overcrowded mouths. The orthodontic tools are designed to correct your concerns over a period of months or years with continual management by your Gold Coast orthodontist.
Once you’ve had a consultation and fitting, you or your teenager will have to return for regular check-ups and tightening, depending on what kinds of braces you get.
Do I Need Orthodontic Treatment?
Most orthodontic problems are genetic, which means you inherit bite and spacing problems. Some issues, though, develop over time as a result of things like using a pacifier, sucking a thumb, dental decay, accidents and even poor nutrition.
Another common cause for braces is not having enough room in your mouth for all your teeth, which results in overcrowding and crookedness.
What Are My Options?
Your Gold Coast orthodontist will know exactly what type of orthodontic appliance is best for your problem, but you do have options. Braces typically come in three popular varieties: plastic, metal and brackets.
Many teenagers and adults like behind the teeth appliances, called lingual braces, which are bonded tongue-side and are invisible from the rest of the world.
How Long Is the Treatment?
It all depends on your goals and orthodontic problems. The more complex your bite or spacing issues are, and sometimes depending on your age, the longer the treatment might last.
On average, you can count on wearing orthodontic appliances for 18 to 30 months. You’ll then need to wear a retainer for a few months. You might even need to wear one for a few years to keep your new smile in line!
The Right Time for Braces and a Straight Smile!
When it comes to figuring out when to get braces, everybody is different. Your orthodontist will consider your long-term oral health needs to help you choose a treatment that’s both practical and affordable.
Book a consultation at Medland Orthodontics today to determine if it’s the right time for braces!