3 Reasons to Investigate Orthodontics
Tinsel Teeth? Metal Mouth? Jaws? Brace Face? Zipper Lips? Any of these nick names sound familiar to you? If you had braces as a kid, they probably bring back some painful memories. But actually, you may get to have the last laugh. Many adults who didn’t have braces as kids now wish they had! The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is increasing. In fact, close to 30 percent of all orthodontic patients in the United States are adults!
Despite this growing trend towards adult orthodontics, it pays to start orthodontic treatment early for maximum effectiveness. The American Dental Association recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. No matter what your age, orthodontics can:
1) Create a well-aligned beautiful smile
2) Maximize your teeth’s effectiveness in performing their functions
3) Protect your bite
More than Just a Pretty Face
Misaligned teeth and an incorrect bite may affect more than just the appearance of your smile. The following conditions may potentially be corrected by orthodontics:
- Speech impediments
- Jaw or TMJ pain
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Sleep apnea caused by mouth breathing and snoring
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Gum disease and tooth decay
Are There Other Options? How Do They Vary in Cost?
Advances in orthodontics have opened up many new options. Metal braces are still widely available and generally cost $3,500 – $6,000.
Ceramic braces, which are attached to the teeth much like metal braces but match the teeth in color, can run anywhere from $4,000 to- $6,500.
Invisilign aligners are a series of molds or trays worn over the teeth which slowly move the teeth into position. They generally cost $3,500 – $6,000.
Lingual or Hidden Braces, are attached to the back side of teeth. They tend to be the most expensive option at $8,000 to $10,000.
Prices depend on many factors of course, including but not limited to the amount of correction needed, where you live (orthodontists in more rural areas are often less expensive than ones in larger cities), and may be at the orthodontist’s discretion.
How Long Will it Take?
Of course each person is different and the amount of time can vary greatly depending on the amount of correction needed, the type of orthodontics used, a person’s age and health, and the goals of your orthodontist. Usually braces are worn anywhere from eighteen months to two full years. For some people though, they have to stay on longer and for some not nearly as long! Following up with a retainer, which literally “retains” the tooth position the braces achieved, is extremely important to reduce the chances the teeth will once again become misaligned.
Talk to Your Dentist
Healthy teeth and gums, improved facial structure, treatment of pain associated with conditions such as TMJ, and enhanced self-esteem are just few of the many benefits of correcting your teeth with braces. To find an orthodontist in your area, visit your family dentist.
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