Metal braces have been around for decades as a trusted way to align smiles. A crooked bite’s most obvious downfall is cosmetic, but there are other concerns associated with a misaligned smile.
A crooked smile is more difficult to get dental work and to brush and floss. When your smile is out of alignment, this can result in increased wear on areas of your smile.
Signs Your Child Will Need Braces
Braces can be worn at any time, but most often, patients wear braces between ages 10-14. The following are the most likely indicators that braces will be recommended for your child:
- A tendency to bite the cheek or roof of the mouth.
- Jaws that shift or make sounds.
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.
- Teeth that don’t touch correctly or have large gaps that prevent them from meeting at all.
- Baby teeth that fall out early, late, or irregularly. Most children lose their baby teeth between the ages of 4 and 7.
- Crowding or misplaced teeth.
- Difficulty chewing or biting.
If you want to know for sure whether your child will need braces, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.
Aligning Your Bite as an Adult
No matter how old you are, there are options available to straighten your smile! Invisalign is a popular option, though some adults do use traditional braces. Many adults like the fact that Invisalign trays are invisible and removable.
During Invisalign treatment, you will wear a clear tray on your teeth for the entire day, removing them only to eat or brush your teeth. Self-discipline is important during this treatment, so it isn’t typically used in children.
Some mature teenagers can be successfully treated with Invisalign.