Why and When to See an Orthodontist?
While most people assume that the only reason to visit an orthodontist is to get back that perfect smile, the more important factor to consider is how well your bite is able to fit after your treatment.
Over and aorthodontic-treatmentbove the loss of aesthetic value due to crooked or crowded teeth, the resulting over or under bite can also lead to tooth decay, loss of teeth and other gum diseases. This is because of the simple reason that overlapping teeth are tougher to clean.
Furthermore, an unfavorable bite can also result in problems with speech and quicker wear-and-tear due to grinding and clenching.
The History of Orthodontics
Orthodontics has been practiced since ages. In fact, one can find some extremely well designed teeth straightening appliances and tools in ancient Greek and Etruscan artifact collections.
Stainless steel kids’ braces and brackets and wires for adults were introduced in 1927. The 1970s saw the birth of ceramic and porcelain brackets. Invisible braces were introduced just before the turn of the millennium.
What do Braces do?
Braces typically correct the way your teeth are lined up by providing consistent pressure on them. This eventually moves them into a more favorable position. Furthermore, a retainer also helps put pressure on your teeth to hold them straight after your braces are removed.
Often, the orthodontist recommends that you have one or more teeth extracted to create space for this alignment. There is no need to worry, since the tooth extraction is performed by experienced dentists or oral surgeons with the help of medicines that make sure you are comfortable.
When to Visit an Orthodontist
Most medical studies strongly recommend that children start seeing an orthodontist no later than when they are aged 7. Whether or not they are facing any dental problems, catching a possible issue at the developmental stage of the jaw helps prevent the need for aggressive treatments in the future. Visiting the orthodontist at an early age does not mean that your child will get braces right away. But with regular checks, your dental expert will stay ahead of the problem and define the best time to start the treatment.
Most orthodontists recommend treatments for children between the ages of 9 and 14 years. There is an increasing number of 26 to 44-year-olds who are also opting for orthodontic treatments, but chances are that your dental braces cost and overall treatment cost will be much higher at this stage.
Irrespective of your age, the entire process takes anytime between 1 and 3 years. With regular checks, wire adjustments and maintenance, you should be able to regain your speech, bite and perfect smile!