Braces At Any Age

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013, 9:16 pm

Remember when braces were only worn by teens? Now braces are popping up on people of all ages – from elementary age kids to AARP members.

The days of waiting until high school for braces are over for most kids. Starting orthodontic treatment early means that dentists can help manage the jaw as it grows. This means that children in braces no longer have to experience the loss of healthy teeth in order to make the rest of the teeth fit into the existing space in the jaw!

Adults come back to orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons. Younger adults may not have had braces as a kid and now find that their crooked smile holds them back in social or professional settings. Others may have neglected to wear their retainers all those years ago and their teeth started to shift back.

It is common when we reach middle age that our teeth begin to shift and become more crowded – even if you have always had a straight smile. This crowding and shifting can affect your bite and can cause damage and wear to your teeth.

Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem. Crooked teeth usually mean a bite that is “off” which can lead to unconscious grinding and clenching and ultimately TMJ pain. Teeth that are crowded or crossed over one another are also hard to keep clean and are more prone to tooth decay.

Dental braces have come a long way. The old “tinsel teeth” grin really doesn’t exist anymore. Today we have tooth colored brackets and wires that can be used for conventional braces. A popular choice for adults is Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of custom made aligners which are virtually invisible when worn. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and this progresses until your perfect, straight smile is achieved.

Find out more about all types of orthodontic treatment offered in Toccoa, GA at Wilbanks Smile Center. Contact us today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your consultation.

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