Braces for Adults and Children

Adults and children alike may have teeth alignment issues that can only be addressed by using orthodontic braces. Today, there are plenty of options you can choose from, such as:

  • Traditional or metal braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces

Metal braces are the least expensive option and there are now smaller brackets that make these devices less noticeable. The ceramic type has a similar shape and size as traditional braces however they are tooth colored and so they are even less obvious than metal braces. The drawback is that they can be more expensive and may acquire stains over time. Lingual braces, on the other hand, are not visible from the outside because the wires and brackets are placed on the back of the teeth. The problem however is that these types of braces are not suitable for complex dental problems and are very expensive. Treatment also takes longer compared to traditional braces.

Braces for Adults

Nearly 20% of brace wearers are adults and this may be due to the tendency of the teeth to shift as we get older. Even if you used to have straight teeth, it could become overcrowded or crooked as time passes by making cleaning difficult and causing pain in the gum and jaw.

While it’s true that using braces as an adult may mean a longer treatment period, it will still be effective nonetheless. The key is to choose a type of brace that you feel comfortable wearing. The use of ceramic braces and even Invisalign may be preferable.

Braces for Kids

Most wearers of braces are kids between the age of 10 – 14 but there is really no specific age as to when your child should have one. Experts do recommend that braces should only be worn after all of the child’s permanent teeth have come out. If any of the following signs apply to your child, he or she is likely to benefit from ortho braces:

  • Difficulty in biting or chewing
  • Blocked out, misplaced or crowded teeth
  • Jaws that make sounds
  • Gapped teeth
  • Teeth and jaws are out of proportion to his or her face

Here at Lifetime Dental, our goal is to provide our patients with the best services that can help them improve the appearance and function of their teeth. If you think that you or your child can benefit from wearing braces, please schedule an appointment with us by calling (909) 483-0812 so we can examine your teeth and create a treatment plan for you.

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