Signs that you might need dental braces often manifest early, even before adolescence, when braces are most often suggested. If you take your child to the dentist regularly, he will be able to determine if teeth are coming in properly, or if misalignment, malocclusion, or other problems are likely to develop.
When Are Braces Necessary?
As teeth come in, ideally there will be enough room in the mouth for all of them to sit properly. Ideally, they will all come in straight, and without overlapping any other teeth. However, in many cases, teeth do not come in completely correctly. Teeth become crowded because there isn’t enough room in the jaw, or malocclusion forms because the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together properly.
In cases of crowding, misalignment, or malocclusion, braces will probably be necessary to ensure the teeth can come in correctly. Our orthodontist might recommend work before braces are used, such as a palate expander or other appliances that can create more room in the mouth. Use of this type of appliance can reduce the necessity of extraction if teeth are crowded.
What Age is Best for Orthodontic Work?
In most cases, dental braces are recommended in early adolescence. However, some orthodontists recommend braces earlier, and many adults also choose to have dental braces to correct crooked teeth or other alignment problems. You and our orthodontist will consult at length to determine if braces will be necessary and, if so, when treatment should begin and how long it’s likely to last. You’ll also discuss the issues that exist with your teeth, and how orthodontic treatment will help them.
Most orthodontic treatment takes 12 to 18 months to complete. This includes traditional braces as well as Invisalign, lingual braces, or other types of braces. You and our orthodontist can decide together what type of dental braces will work best to correct your alignment problems and restore your perfect smile.
Call McKinney Orthodontics and set up your consultation with one of our skilled orthodontists.