If you’ve decided to have orthodontic treatment, you’ll know what an important step you’re taking towards improving the look of your teeth. And if you’re already wearing your braces, no doubt you’re looking forward to the day they come off – to reveal your new smile! But the benefits of orthodontic treatment go way beyond looks.
Crooked or crowded teeth may cause uneven wear of tooth surfaces or jaw problems that may lead to complications later in life. They can also be difficult to clean properly, which makes them prone to tooth decay and gum disease.
So, while you’re wearing braces, remember that the success of your treatment is affected by how well you care for your teeth and gums. Good oral care at home involves effectively removing plaque from your teeth, gums and braces every day. Not only will it keep your treatment time on course, but it will also contribute to the continued health of your teeth and gums.
Who Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
Not everyone’s teeth are perfectly straight. In fact, many people have crooked or overcrowded teeth. If your dentist thinks your teeth need straightening, he or she may refer you to an orthodontist, or a dentist who specialises in this type of treatment.
During treatment, fixed braces or a removable appliance may be worn to gradually move teeth to their correct position in the mouth.
At what Age can Orthodontic Treatment Start?
While it is most common during childhood and adolescence (from around age eight and up), an increasing number of adults today are also opting for orthodontic treatment.
How Long does the Treatment Take?
It varies, but it may take from 18 to 30 months to complete. For adults, treatment may take a little longer because the facial bones have stopped growing. But whatever your age, keeping your teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment will help keep treatment time on track.
There are alternatives to what type of braces can be placed onto your teeth. The traditional metal brackets are still commonly used as they are the most effective in moving teeth.
For those people who want their orthodontics less obvious, then clear brackets are a great alternative, for a fraction extra cost or Invisalign is another method used.