If you have crooked teeth and you think it’s time to do something about it, getting orthodontic treatment is a good option. Orthodontic treatment typically involves attaching dental brackets, called braces, to the teeth that are going to be aligned and straight teeth that serve as anchors. The attachment is done with a type of dental glue that is strong enough to hold the braces, but allows the dentist to remove it when needed. Wires are then passed through the braces and Tightening the arch wire puts gentle tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position.

Braces are most often used for teenagers whose permanent teeth are in. However, despite common belief, adults can likewise benefit from orthodontic treatment.  And in fact, they should, because malocclusions aren’t only about making your smile look better, but also about avoiding future problems.  When you’re an adult, a year passes by much faster than when you’re a teen, and the benefits of having a good smile and avoiding dental problems make the process worth it.

These conditions may indicate you’re a candidate for braces:

  • Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth” (the upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth)
  • Underbite, a “bulldog” appearance (the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back)
  • Crossbite (the upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth on one side when you bite down)
  • Open bite (the upper and lower front teeth do not come together when the mouth is closed)
  • Misplaced midline (the centers of upper and lower front teeth do not line up)
  • Spacing — gaps between the teeth
  • Crowded or crooked teeth

Braces are usually adjusted monthly to achieve the desired results, which may take a few months to a few years. With advances in dentistry, today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults.

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