Why You Should Get Braces Sooner Rather Than Later
Everybody wants to have a thousand-watt smile. However, the road to getting one might involve braces. Here’s why there’s no time like the present to get braces.
You’ll feel more confident
Braces aren’t just for children. Adults today are thinking past tooth survival, and are aiming to maximize long-term tooth health.
The wide variety of braces available today ensures that you can get a variety that won’t be as visible as traditional metal braces. After the treatment period—which typically lasts between a year and a half to three years for traditional braces—is over, you’ll have a perfect smile.
Braces correct the gaps between teeth, crossbites, and overbites.
Braces can correct a misaligned jaw
A malocclusion, or a misaligned jaw, does not allow the upper and lower set of teeth to meet comfortably. The improper bite caused by a misaligned jaw can wear tooth enamel down, thereby causing the enamel’s surface to chip.
Braces will allow your upper jaw to move backward or forward as needed over the treatment period, therefore correcting the misalignment.
You have a lot of options
There were far fewer options for braces a few decades ago than there are now. Adults and children today don’t have to stick to wearing metal braces. The options available to you today are:
- Traditional metal braces. Using gentle pressure, these move the teeth into alignment over a duration of a year and a half to three years. These make use of metal brackets and wires.
- Ceramic braces. These work in the same way traditional metal braces do, but the brackets are made of ceramic that is made to match the color of your natural teeth. This leads to them being far less visible. However, they are more expensive.
- Lingual braces. These go on the inside of the teeth rather than the outside, but are just as effective as traditional braces. Each bracket is custom-made, so it takes time to fit the brackets. They can cause speech problems in some wearers, and are more difficult to clean than regular braces.
- Clear aligners. These go over your teeth and can be removed when you need to eat or brush your teeth. They don’t correct major cosmetic issues, though, and don’t provide the pressure needed to close large gaps between teeth.
- Fastbraces®. These use a triangular design that allows both the crown and the root to align at the same time, thereby making the treatment period much shorter, typically between three months to a year.
They’re not as painful or as expensive as you think
Developments in orthodontics have allowed braces to work quicker than ever before. The treatment time for Fastbraces® lasts a maximum of one year. This means fewer visits to the dentist, thereby making them more cost-effective.
Braces aren’t painful, either. The initial discomfort you’ll feel due to the elastic bands will only last around a week. You’ll feel no pain apart from this.
At Rabile Family Dentistry, we take responsibility for your oral health. We’re a family and children’s dental clinic located in Las Colinas. Contact us today for our professional dental services in Irving, TX.