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Why Need Braces for Teeth?

Braces make your teeth look great again. It helps eliminate the difficulty of pronouncing certain sounds due to poor alignment. It helps in curing imperfections arising due to crooked, crowded twisted teeth or having jaw malocclusion or improper bite syndrome. People with braces can also notice visible changes in the smile pattern. Orthodontic treatment involves straightening of crooked, crowded, or protruded teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and correcting of the bite so that when the mouth is closed the top and bottom meet together.

Braces are required in children due to crooked teeth, crowding, overlapping teeth, or bad bite. Problems caused due by baby teeth lost soon, any accidents or injuries, or thumb-sucking habits. Can start the treatment once the problem is figured out like crowding or irregular teeth. Traditional braces for kids are available in many colors and shades making them attractive. Teeth should be brushed regularly after every meal and special kinds of brushes and flosses should be used.  In case of pain or broken braces, an over-the-top pain reliever can be taken.

Braces can be fitted at any age of the time for adults. Visit an orthodontist in case of toothache, gum disease, crooked smile, or jaw and ear pain. Might have to consider surgery as bones are done growing in adults. The process may take longer than a child, however, it depends on a case-to-case basis. Do consult with a regular dentist first so that there are no complications due to bone remodeling or bone loss. 

Some of the advantages include straightening teeth helping the patient with dental problems as well as raising a confident smile. Proper Alignment of teeth that are crooked. Bringing the teeth closer and reducing the gap. Prevents chipping and overly worn teeth due to uneven jaws or overbite and under-bite. Prevents gum diseases by spacing the teeth properly and making space available for flossing and cleaning. Prevents jaw weakness and muscle pain resulting from misaligned teeth.

Ideally, the age for braces is considered around 12 or 13 as the teeth are not fully grown and bone formation is still under process. Adults have more limited opportunities to improve as the bones and teeth are growing and developing. Might have to wear braces for a longer period of time compared to a teenager. Depending on the goals of treatment, many adults can get the smile they want in a year or less.

The brace’s duration is different on a case-to-case basis. Generally, it takes between 1-3 years to take braces off. Depends on the types of treatment i.e. conventional braces take more time than lingual or Invisalign braces. Young patients tend to achieve quicker results than their older counterparts. Mild misalignment will take less time compared to overcrowding or underbite and overbite issues. Patient Compliance also depends on how well the patient takes care of the treatment.

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