Orthodontics is for EveryoneFriday, May 7th, 2010, 3:40 pm
It seems that getting braces on their teeth is a rite of passage for many children in America. In fact, some kids seem terribly disappointed when they discover that they don’t need braces. Today, more and more of the parents of these kids are also seeking straight, white teeth. In 2008 over 1 million adults were in braces – up 24% from 1996. While straight teeth make for a nice appearance, orthodontic treatment in children and adults offers benefits that go beyond the surface.
Beginning preventive orthodontics in children at an early age can allow facial profiles to be changed and bad bites corrected, preventing dental and TMJ problems later in life. Early intervention can also prevent the loss of teeth that used to go along with getting braces so many years ago.
If you never had orthodontic treatment as a child, or if you never needed it at an early age, chances are you may need it now. Our teeth, particularly our bottom teeth, keep moving throughout our lives. When teeth move and overlap each other it becomes very difficult to clean them effectively – this can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Fortunately, there are many options today for straightening out your smile. Traditional metal braces are very common, especially for children. More and more adults are opting for the Invisalign system which uses a series of clear trays to move your teeth. They are removable for eating and brushing and, since they are clear, most people never realize you are wearing “braces”.
For adult patients who are seeking a quicker result, Dr. Wilbanks offers porcelain veneers which are also called “instant orthodontics”. Your teeth will not be straightened over time as with braces but the appearance of your smile will be reshaped by the use of cosmetic porcelain veneers.
If you have a crooked smile contact our office at 706-886-9439 to arrange a consultation. Dr. Wilbanks offers a wide range of dental treatment options conveniently located in our Toccoa, Georgia office.