If you think that you might need braces, you are not alone. Researchers estimate that about 4 million people in the United States currently have braces, or are in the process of getting braces. Of the millions of people who have braces, over 25% are adults. Having braces as an adult is very common and bite problems and esthetic issues considered unimportant in your childhood are now known to have a negative long term impact on your dental health. Thinking your mouth might benefit from braces, but you're not sure? Senestraro Family Orthodontics provides complimentary consultations where Dr. Seth will share your diagnosis, custom treatment plan, and affordable payments options.
Orthodontists use braces to move your teeth and bite into their ideal position. Modern innovations in clear Invisalign® aligners and appliances have given patients other options to straighten their teeth. So why would you choose braces over these other options? One factor is that braces require no compliance, you or your child have to remember to wear aligners or appliances, typically they need to be worn 22 hours per day. If that sounds like a challenge then braces may be a better option for you, they are glued in place and they straighten your teeth without any additional effort on the part of you or your child! Of course even with braces there will be some important things we need you to do to make treatment successful.
Braces sometimes get a bad rap for being very uncomfortable. It is true in the past that the braces, wires, ties, and appliances such as headgear and herbst made treatment uncomfortable. Recent rapid technological advances have made orthodontic treatment more comfortable than ever, these are not your dad’s braces! Smaller brackets and improved adhesive have allowed us to eliminate bands (large rings around the entire teeth) increasing comfort dramatically. The use of nickel titanium alloy wires has allowed for continuous slow movement of the teeth significantly reducing the soreness patients feel when teeth are moving.
Braces are normally better for young patients who still have baby teeth and are growing rapidly. Aligners typically don’t work well for younger children in most cases because they are changing and growing so much. If your child needs Phase I or interceptive treatment common around age 8 then braces are likely the best option.
Lastly, very difficult cases with a lot of movement required are sometimes better treated with braces. This includes cases where teeth need to be extracted and jaw surgery cases among others.
The discussion of whether braces are a good option for you is always covered by Dr. Seth and his team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics during your free consultation.