The thing about bracers is that while we may think of them as ugly or tortuous, a good orthodontic procedure can turn any smile into a work of art. Bracers, as your might already know, apply pressure on your teeth, moving them around. With an orthodontic procedure we can naturally fix an empty spot or a crooked tooth, enhancing your smile, and improving your bite; Orthodontics aren’t just for looks.
How do I know if I need bracers?
Good question, if you have crooked teeth, underbites, jaw joint issues, overbites, crowded or crooked teeth, or a big space between at least two teeth, then you are the perfect candidate for bracers. Normally, your dentist is going to recommend it when you have to decide on a treatment; but if you need a quick solution, then the dentist might take it off the table; remember that orthodontic is slow, although its also the least invasive procedure.
When should I get bracers?
Many people think that bracers are for kids; and they couldn’t be further from the truth. You can get bracers at any age, even if you are an adult. That being said, the ideal age for bracers is between 10 and 14 years old, since at that point the bones are still growing and teeth are prone to reshaping.
Parents, keep in mind, that even if bracers might be the best solution for your kids; it’s something they are going to have to live with for a long time; and for a teenager it can be quite traumatic. Don’t force the decision upon them, instead, try to show them what the outcome is going to look time. Talk with them and make them part of the decision making; in the end, you might want the best for them, but it is their life and should be their choice.
How long will I have to wear them?
That depends entirely on the procedure, and it’s something that not even the dentist can tell you outright (although you might get a good estimate), it depends on you how teeth react to the procedure and how much work is needed. Keep in mind that the process is not fast, and it can take anywhere from 18 to 30 months (not counting retainers). Most orthodontists will schedule a monthly visit to check on your progress and make the necessary adjustments to your treatment.