Malocclusions, or misaligned teeth, can result in a number of serious oral issues. If obscured, crowded or rotated teeth may be more susceptible to tooth decay, as patients cannot properly brush or floss them. Misaligned teeth can also interfere with the ability to speak or eat. Fortunately, an orthodontic dentist can provide an effective remedy to the problem with braces.
Because jaw, mouth, and teeth growth have set once a person has reached adulthood, an orthodontic dentist will caution that obtaining optimal results with braces may take longer with adults than children. However, adults typically have more treatment options available to suit their preferences and lifestyle needs. Adults can often choose between traditional metal or ceramic braces, Invisalign aligners, or lingual braces. Traditional braces are extremely effective in correcting maloccluded teeth. However, if adult patients prefer to have less noticeable orthodontic treatment, a dentist can also administer ceramic braces. Lingual braces are even less conspicuous. If their malocclusions are not so severe as to require traditional braces, patients may also opt for Invisalign aligners, which can be taken out when needed.
Because their mouths are still growing, children usually experience shorter orthodontic treatment periods. However, your orthodontist dentist will likely suggest “fixed” braces, as children may be more prone to forgetting or refusing to wear their orthodontic devices. Though in many cases, children can still choose to have ceramic braces if the aesthetic appeal of traditional metal brackets is a concern. A dentist will often prescribe the use of elastic bands or a headgear to further correct malocclusions during orthodontic treatment. Once the braces are removed, children may also be required to wear a headgear to avoid the shifting of teeth to their original state.
If you are in need of an orthodontist or family dentist, contact Premiere Dental Arts today. Our Frederick, Maryland facility caters to a host of cosmetic, orthodontic, and pediatric oral problems. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, please call (301) 662-0222.