Although patients of any age can greatly benefit from traditional braces, theyre often recommend them for pre-teens and teenagers, as they are still experiencing jaw growth.
Getting braces can be a stressful change for children. Some may be excited about having a smile they can feel confident in, but they can also be nervous about the discomfort and pain.
Braces can also help in cases where there are facial or oral irregularities. Keeping up with regular dental visits is important to help watch for signs that orthodontics may be the right choice.
What causes tooth misalignment?
There are many reasons that could lead to the need for tooth alignment. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to further issues, and cause problems with speaking, biting, and chewing.
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Prolonged pacifier use
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Mouth breathing
What is involved in the braces process?
Your orthodontist will conduct an examination of the teeth that are accompanied by X-rays and bite impressions. The assessments are a part of the planning stage and will help your orthodontist decide on the most effective treatment to achieve a straight smile.
There are various types of orthodontic appliances that we may use:
- Fixed Metal Braces
These are the traditional braces that you may recognize. Comprised of brackets that are secured to each tooth and attached to each other using an archwire connecting the braces. Most often, the brackets are made of metal. The braces will be applied once, and will be tightened as time passes to help with the movement of the teeth.
- Dental Headgear
Headgear is used to treat more serious irregularities. The custom made appliance is attached to a wire then worn 12-20 hours each day to achieve results.
Retainers are often used after your teeth have been aligned with braces to avoid your teeth moving back into their previous positions. Wearing a retainer will help ensure that your smile stays straight as time passes.
If you have any questions about orthodontic treatment, or are wondering if braces are right for you, give us a call today.
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Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0