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Aug
1

What Is the Best Age to Get Braces?

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Getting braces is an investment of your personal time. You want to make sure that you or your child has them put on at just the right moment, for the most efficient process possible. Here are a few factors that will help you determine the best time to invest in orthodontic therapy:

Fast Results in Youth

Kids and teens have young, developing, healthy bone that heals quickly. This allows teeth to move rapidly into new positions. Adult’s usually are not as responsive.

Responsibility

Some orthodontic treatments depend a lot on home care and following instructions. If your child isn’t old enough to wear a retainer or alignment tray as directed, then he or she may need to try another method or wait a few years.

Get an Early Consultation

When it comes to kids, the sooner they have an orthodontic consultation, the better. An orthodontist can take a look at current tooth alignment and anticipate future problems. Experts agree that age 7 is the ideal time to determine what a child’s bite alignment needs are.

If braces are necessary, then putting them on at around ages 10-14 is ideal. In some rare cases, kids need an earlier phase of appliances to make treatment in the teen years a bit easier.

Age Isn’t Everything!

When it comes to getting braces, one thing is certain: it’s almost never too late! You can still straighten your teeth even if you’ve never had a chance before now. And clear aligners like Invisalign make having braces less noticeable. Though your teeth may not move as fast as those of a younger person, braces for adults can still get you the beautiful results you want.

Talk with a dentist or orthodontist near you to find out how braces can improve you and your family’s smiles.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Sep
12

Adult Orthodontics

Posted in Braces

With the options for teeth alignment varying in length of correction time and noticeability, many adults are choosing orthodontic care. Metal braces are no longer the most popular method of straightening adult teeth; therefore many adults have found the confidence to improve their smiles. With “invisible options” such as Invisalign, Six Months Smiles, and Clear Braces adults can improve their smiles from a gentle approach.

Orthodontic alignment at a later stage in life can greatly improve your self-esteem, your appearance, and even your oral health. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and it can say a lot about your personality. Are you confident and flash your smile or do your teeth make you feel self-conscious so that you hide behind closed lips? Talk to your Princeton dentist about orthodontic care that can help you bring back confidence to your face.

You may not be aware of this, but teeth that are not properly aligned can wear out much sooner than teeth with proper alignment. That is because teeth that consistently grate, push, or bump together will wear down the enamel causing your teeth to be susceptible to cavities and erosion. Also, gums that are irregularly exposed due to gaps in your teeth can lead to gingivitis and gum disease.

Choose today to make your smile healthy and something that you are proud to show off. Just because you are out of your teenage years does not mean that braces are no longer an option. It’s never too late to improve your smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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