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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