Straight teeth help an individual to effectively bite, chew and speak. Straight teeth contribute to healthy teeth and gums. Properly aligned teeth and jaws may alleviate or prevent physical health problems. Teeth that work better also tend to look better.
An attractive smile is a wonderful asset. It contributes to self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image—important qualities at every age. A pleasing appearance is a vital component of self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as braces brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, braces can benefit social and career success, as well as improve a person’s general attitude toward life.
Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean, and that may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse. Braces to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the problems that can develop in later years.
Most patients begin braces between ages 9 and 16, but this varies depending on each individual. Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the optimal time to correct malocclusion and achieve excellent results.
It’s never too late! Braces, when indicated, is a positive step—especially for adults who have endured a long-standing problem. Braces can restore good function. And teeth that work better usually look better too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.
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