There are few technological wonders of our era that are more appreciated than modern braces. Teeth straightening hardware of past generations had many drawbacks. It commonly involved a whole orthodontic tool kit – full metal bands, headgear, elastics, spacers, and wires poking every which way. If you played an instrument that required the use of your mouth, well, it wasn’t pretty.
Some orthodontic patients found their old-school braces uncomfortable, bulky, and downright ugly. They also created many hidden nooks and crannies for bacteria to quietly drill into your enamel.
If you are too young to remember old school braces, you can’t truly appreciate the state-of-the-art ceramic braces, clear braces and Invisalign aligners available today. Even traditional metal braces are now smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable.
The advancements in orthodontic treatments and minimized treatment times is one reason many adults have chosen to have their teeth corrected if they were unable as a teenager.
Does that mean you don’t need to have your child seen by your orthodontist if you suspect tooth alignment issues? Absolutely not! If facial attractiveness and increased self-esteem are not important reasons to straighten your child’s crooked teeth, consider the fact that crooked teeth and bite misalignment can influence speech development and make it hard for your child to eat a healthy diet. Crowded teeth also make proper brushing problematic, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
The American Association of Orthodontics advises parents to have their child evaluated by an orthodontist when they are young. Itis important to identify problems with teeth and jaw development early. Your orthodontist or pediatric dentist will know the proper age to begin treatment if needed.
We provide many cosmetic dental procedures at Sundance Dental & Orthodontics in Farmington. Did you know that porcelain veneers can solve some less-extreme tooth alignment problems? If your teeth are fairly straight but your smile is compromised by a couple of damaged or chipped teeth, cost-effective porcelain veneers may be your one-visit solution.