Orthodontic braces are generally prescribed during childhood between 9-14 years of age to change the positioning of teeth. Many adults can also have problems such as crowded teeth, misalignment and crooked teeth. These issues can affect your confidence and the cosmetic appeal of your smile and even lead to various dental concerns such as tooth decay and gum diseases. Orthodontic braces can successfully correct all of these issues in adults with excellent results.
Orthodontic braces function by placing pressure on the teeth to change their position. Constant one-sided pressure on the faulty teeth pushes the root of the teeth against the bone underlying it. This pressure eventually dissolves the underlying bone and allows the tooth to shift in the desired direction. The empty space left behind in the bone eventually builds back with bone tissue over time preventing the teeth from shifting to their previous original position.
A variety of orthodontic braces are available to suit the type of problem. They may be fixed or removable. Some of them include:
Orthodontic braces correct crooked or misaligned teeth, improve aesthetic appeal and self-confidence. Other benefits include:
Your dentist may recommend treating any pre-existing dental conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay or plaque before you undergo any orthodontic treatment to prevent worsening of the existing dental problem.