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When to Get Braces: How to Decide

How to Decide?

Answer the following questions:

  1. Are your teeth only slightly crooked?
  2. Is your crooked teeth only the result of your teeth being misaligned and NOT a skeletal issues?
  3. Do you have pretty healthy gums? That is you don’t suffer from gum disease or only have early stage which is under control.
  4. Do you brush and floss regularly?
  5. Do you go to your dentist for your two checkup and cleaning regularly?
  6. Do you still have most of your teeth? Maybe just one or two missing at most.
  7. Do you NOT have several dental implants or dental bridges in your mouth?
  8. Is the only thing bothering you about your teeth the fact that they are slightly crooked? (“no” means you want to change the shape or color of the teeth as well as)

If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then you can get braces no matter your age. The reason most adults don’t qualify for braces is they either have gum disease so shifting looser teeth may be too risky or they have a lot of existing dental work that makes getting braces a challenge. If you are an adult with healthy gums and not a lot of complicated dental work you should be fine getting braces regardless of your age.

If you  answered “no” to most of the above questions then maybe you should consider options other than braces to straighten your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can fix your teeth without having you wear braces for so many years. Talk to your dentist to see if placing veneers might give you the results you want.

Final Thought

Taking advantage of soft and flexible bones to move teeth easier is the main reason you want to get braces done when you are younger. The best age to do this is when all the adult teeth have came out at around 11 to 13 years old. But age is not a restriction on receiving braces. In the absence of advanced gum disease or heavy existing dental restoratives you can get braces done at any age. It just might take a little bit longer.

helpful hint – If you are planning on having extensive cosmetic work the cosmetic work can address minor orthodontic needs and mask them. This applies to those who are planning on getting extensive amounts of cosmetic dental work particularly veneers on their front teeth. You may want to both move your teeth as well as get them looking nice and youthful at the same time. You might think that you will require braces treatment followed by cosmetic work. And that is true if your teeth are very crooked. But for the minor cases, such as those with only slight shiftings and minor gaps, the veneers may be able to both cover the teeth and correct your bite imperfections all at the same time. Talk to a cosmetic dentist or a prosthodontist to see if placing veneers on your teeth can address both issues at once.

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When to Get Braces: As an Adult

Benefits of Clear Braces (Invisalign or ClearCorrect)

Different types of braces: Clear vs. Metal braces

You may be considering receiving orthodontic work to straighten your teeth. Chances are you’ve been trying to decide between removable clear-braces, such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, or traditional metal bracket and wire braces. It sounds great to have clear braces which you can actually remove when you want to eat or brush.

However, is it really as simple as it sounds? What are the qualifications for wearing clear braces? How much more does Invisalign treatment cost over traditional metal braces? Ultimately, which is the more suitable solution for my case? Here are some facts that can better help guide you in making the right decision.

Pros of Clear Braces (Invisalign or ClearCorrect)

There’s two major flaws when it comes to wearing clear braces: They are more limited in their range of treatment, and they cost much more than traditional braces. However if you both qualify for and can afford them, then clear braces an excellent way to straighten teeth. Here is why clear braces are such a great treatment for so many:

Clear braces look better and are easier to use

Let’s be honest, if you don’t want a whole bunch of metal showing when smiling, then clear braces are for you. Most working professionals in their twenties and thirties opt to go for Invisalign or ClearCorrect for this exact reason. This is a good time to wear clear braces should you qualify for them:

  • Adults tend to comply better with instructions. This is exactly the reason why teenagers aren’t offered clear braces as a treatment option.
  • Working professionals find it worthwhile to discreetly wear their clear trays and not have to show metal brackets and wires at work.
  • You probably need to have a job to be able to afford clear braces treatment. Having dental insurance can come in handy. Your dental insurance might pay a portion towards your orthodontic treatment, which makes it much more affordable. Financing options are usually available if you have good credit.

It’s definitely nicer to be able to wear braces while having the ability to remove them when necessary. This makes eating and cleaning your teeth much, much easier. However before you get too excited we should note that you must wear your clear trays for at least 22 hours a day. So don’t expect to go without wearing them for too long!

Clear braces are more forgiving to your teeth

It is much easier to maintain good oral health with removable braces. Unfortunately the same can not be said of metal braces for the following reasons:

  • Wearing metal brackets and wires makes it much more difficult to clean your teeth by yourself. In fact, flossing your teeth is no longer an option when wearing metal braces.
  • Metal braces can interfere with your dental cleanings. It’s much more difficult for your dentist or hygienist to give you a thorough dental cleaning when in braces, no matter how hard they try. This is a good time to note that it’s highly recommended to obtain regular dental cleanings when wearing braces. In fact, it’s probably a better idea to increase the frequency of your checkup and cleanings just to play it safe.
  • Wearing metal brackets can stain your teeth. It’s not uncommon to notice a chalky or stained appearance on your teeth after you’ve removed your brackets.
  • Metal brackets can disguise cavities underneath them since the metal can obstruct and block out cavities on the X-ray. As a result it is not unusual to end up with several cavities or even your first root canal when you’ve been wearing metal braces for too long.
Easier orthodontic visits

If you receive removable clear braces, typically all of your trays are produced upfront and then handed to you on subsequent appointments. All you need to do from here on is continue to wear your trays in the order that they’re given to you. On the other hand, treatment with metal braces requires more frequent office visits. Appointments also tend to be longer and more difficult as well.

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Deciding between clear or metal braces

When to Get Braces: As a Child or Teenager

You have been dreaming of straighter teeth for a while now. You finally have the time and resources to get the braces you’ve been wanting so bad. But it dawns on you that maybe you are just too old to be wearing braces. After all most people who have braces seem to be teenagers and seldom do you run into a grown-up with braces on their teeth. Is it really better to have braces on earlier in life? Or could you still get receive them as a grown up without any problems?

Pros of Wearing Braces as a Child or Teenager

1. It is easier to move teeth in teenagers since the bones are softer. Children and teenagers have softer and more flexible bones since they are still growing and their skeletal growth palates haven’t fused yet. This means the teeth will move easier and quicker within the upper and lower jaws. Moving teeth is always easier on children and teenagers and gets more difficult on adults. Adults have stiffer bone and moving their teeth is more challenging which may limit your orthodontist treatment to an extent.

2. It is more socially acceptable to wear metal braces as a teenager. When you are in high-school or junior-high many of your classmates have braces on just like you do. Wearing braces is cool and easier to deal with at this age. As an adult you might not want to show the brackets and wires on your teeth.

  • As an adult you may be a candidate for clear-braces which disguises better and is also easier to wear. Many adults opt to go for the clear-braces over the traditional metal ones based on how discreet they look.
  • This is the other reason you don’t see as many adults with braces because many that have them are often wearing the clear-braces which are far less noticeable.

3. There are more existing dental work on adults which can complicate treatment. Children and teenagers may have a few fillings on their teeth or at most a crown or two here or there. Minor amount of existing dental work doesn’t really interfere with putting braces on. But as you age you may end up with more extensive dental work like crowns and implants on your broken and missing teeth. Some of these restorations will interfere with receiving braces.

  • If you have a crown on a tooth it can be difficult to move it or you may require a new crown once you are done with your braces.
  • A fixed dental restoration to replace a missing tooth, such as a bridge or a dental implant can be very challenging to deal with and having them may exclude you from being able to receive braces altogether.
  • If you have extensive dental treatment already but still insist on straightening your teeth you may have to look into cosmetic dentistry as an alternative. A cosmetic dentist may be able to place veneers to cover your teeth and correct the smaller gaps and discrepancies to help both straighten your teeth and make them white and beautiful at the same time. Not everyone qualifies for veneers and not every dentist can do them. So do some research to find a qualified cosmetic dentist or prosthodontist to see if you can place veneers to correct your bite and get a nicer and more beautiful smile all at once.

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When to Get Braces: How to Decide