When is a Good Time to Start Considering Braces?

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Everyone probably knows the stereotype of the preteen kid forced to wear braces by their parents; the metal wires are placed over their teeth and worn for a year or more for maximum effectiveness. However, contrary to popular belief, braces may be needed at any age, for a variety of different reasons. Before you start considering braces, it is important to talk to your dentist or orthodontist to determine whether or not you need them, and when is the ideal time to get them.

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Reasons Why Someone Should Consider Getting Braces

There are several reasons why someone should consider getting braces. For example, children may need them in order to correct early dental issues, such as a cleft palate, while younger and older people alike may use braces to help straighten teeth that have begun to grow crookedly or to correct an overbite or underbite.

For children who could benefit from wearing braces, 9 to 11 years old is the recommended age to begin. This is the time at which the adult teeth have mainly set in, but before any serious problems can develop that may hinder the straightening of teeth in the future. However, exceptions may occur in cases where children need braces for their primary teeth or before any teeth set in at all (such as the case of a cleft palate).

Adults who consider getting braces later in life may need them in order to preserve teeth that have begun to get worn down. Preserving teeth is essential for overall health, as healthy teeth are tied to infection prevention and healthy eating. Furthermore, adults may want to get braces for the same reason as kids; to correct crooked teeth or improve the quality of their smile.

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