Am I a Candidate for Orthodontic Braces?
Orthodontic braces are used to correct malocclusion, or “bad bites.” When teeth are unevenly spaced, crooked and crowded, they are difficult to clean and maintain. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Other problems, such as ineffective chewing, problems speaking and misalignment of the jaw joints can also result from a poorly aligned bite without treatment. That’s why it is important to consult with a trained dentist or orthodontist about the best treatment options for moving your teeth to their optimal position.
Who can benefit from braces?
For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. But you don’t have to be an adolescent to benefit from braces. Both adults and children can undergo orthodontic care to correct a wide range of dental problems. Common reasons for getting orthodontic braces include:
- Overcrowded or crooked teeth
- Irregular spacing
- Jaw misalignment problems
More comfort, better results.
Thanks to advancements in modern dental materials and technologies, today’s dental braces are much smaller, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing than in past years. One popular option for adults—Invisalign—may also be a good choice for improving moderate teeth misalignment. Invisalign appliances are clear and removable, giving adults the convenience and comfort to improve their smile without anyone knowing they are even undergoing treatment.
If you or your child desires a straighter smile and an improved bite, talk to your Des Plaines, IL dentist or orthodontist. The best orthodontic option will depend largely on the severity of dental problems. Michael G. Durbin, DDS, MS can help you determine the best course of action.