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Does Age Really Matter? (When Getting Braces) 5 Answers

 

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Many adults are unhappy with their teeth and getting braces. With age, teeth often become more crowded or crooked. In addition, some problems with bite and alignment become apparent when they begin to cause pain or tooth damage. Some adults did not grow up in families that could afford high-quality dentistry or orthodontics and thus are interested in straightening their teeth at a later age. Does age affect the success of braces? The answer is complicated. While there is an ideal age for orthodontic work, most adults can successfully straighten their teeth.

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What is the Right Time for an Orthodontist Checkup?

Early detection of orthodontic problems gives you the best options for treatment. Many cases of crooked or misaligned teeth can be treated before the permanent teeth are finished coming in. Unfortunately, the myth that only older kids and teens need a checkup still exists, and it often leads people to overlook the importance of orthodontic care until the problems have become unbearable.

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One of the questions that people tend to ask us the most is, when is the right time to visit your orthodontist. While the correct answer to this is different for everyone, understanding how to determine when you or your child needs to go help you to protect your smile.
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Do Braces Weaken Teeth?

girl braces hurtDo Braces Weaken Teeth?

Orthodontic care is designed to promote healthier teeth while also making you feel confident about your smile. However, myths about braces still exist, and you may have concerns about how your treatment might affect your teeth.

Right now, you are likely wondering if braces are better or just leave it alone since treating crooked or misaligned teeth requires a serious commitment. While your orthodontist is the best person to help you answer this question, it helps to know this information about why braces do not weaken your teeth.

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What Is an Orthodontist?

dentist orthodontist looking at somethingAre Dentists and Orthodontists the Same?

Dentists and orthodontists are trained physicians that are in related fields but serve very different purposes. Dentists take care of the general health of the teeth, gums, and mouth. Orthodontists are dentists that go further and receive special training in the alignment, positioning, and placement of teeth and jaws and if necessary, can correct any serious issues with any of those problems. How do I know if I need to see an orthodontist? Generally, the dentist will refer a patient to the orthodontist and then throughout the treatment plan, the two will work closely together. If the dentist notices problems with the positioning and placement of the teeth that could cause potential health problems, he will make the recommendation that orthodontic treatment is in order.

What are the duties of an orthodontist? The field of orthodontia is a field of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing and treating teeth that are not positioned correctly or are out of alignment. Orthodontists also treat problems with the positioning of the jaws. Orthodontists receive a great deal of specialized training beyond dentistry in order to prevent and treat these issues. A good analogy is a general doctor who goes beyond and receives additional training to become a specialist.
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