Orthodontics is the specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental, skeletal and facial irregularities. Align the teeth and improve the bite.
It improves function because when placing the teeth in the right place the patient can chew better, and even in many cases it can help to breathe better.
On the other hand, it can improve esthetics since it improves the smile by having a rejuvenating component.
If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, any age can be a good to see the orthodontist. There is not limit. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive for children and teenagers, since one out of five orthodontic patients are over 21 years old.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist before they are six years old. Prevention is the best treatment. This age allows us to diagnose problems that could benefit from early treatment and prevent them. Also, guide the growth of the bones to achieve better results and ensure a good development of adult teeth.
Orthodontics will not prevent you from participating in any of your activities. Playing an instrument may require some adjustment when the brackets are placed for the first time. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you use a mouth guard to protect your braces or appliances
Orthodontic appliances do not usually hurt, although you may feel a slight discomfort for a couple of days as your teeth, gums, cheeks and mouth become used to your new orthodontic appliances.