We think of traditional braces as only something an adolescent would wear. The truth is, though, you're never too old to benefit from care with conventional braces. For patients who are in their teens or well into adulthood, care with traditional braces can be transformative.
How is Orthodontic Care Transformative?
First, straight teeth lead to improved confidence, and the more confident a patient feels, the more he or she is likely to smile. Second, and more important, is that straight teeth contribute to good oral health. When teeth are straight, patients have an easier time keeping them and surrounding gum tissue free of harmful bacteria, plaque, and calculus. What's more, a straight smile can prevent tooth wear and alleviate, or prevent, uncomfortable neuromuscular issues, like earaches, dizziness, headaches, and neck pain. These symptoms can be caused by a misaligned jaw, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious oral health problems.
Why is It Important for Patients to Be Seen as Early as Seven Years Old?
Even though traditional braces will improve the appearance and health of an adult's smile, patients will always benefit from early care. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends taking your child to an orthodontist like Dr. Shirck when he or she is around seven years old. That may sound early, but it's important to start treating misalignment before a child's jaws and gums have fully formed. We can also treat common habits like thumb sucking or mouth breathing. In some cases, early care with a special appliance will set the stage for care with traditional braces later, during the patient's teenage years.
What to Expect from Care with Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth. Periodically, the patient will come to Dr. Shirck's New Albany or Pataskala office to have their braces tightened. As braces are tightened, teeth are loosened and then moved into their correct position. For young patients, treatment with WildSmile Braces can make the process more fun by letting them choose specially designed brackets that match their personality.
For patients who are receiving care with traditional braces, there may be some initial soreness, but that will fade. Until it does, saltwater or an over-the-counter pain reliever can provide effective relief.
Do you want to know if traditional braces are right for you or your teen? Call Dr. Shirck's Pataskala, New Albany or Westerville orthodontic office. We're happy to provide personalized care based around your specific needs, whether it's with conventional braces, a cosmetic braces system, or something else entirely.
We can't wait to provide you with warm, personalized care that leaves you feeling satisfied with your pearly whites. We also serve the areas of Westerville, Sunbury, New Albany, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Blacklick, Reynoldsburg, and beyond.