good candidates for dental braces

As we discussed last month, dental braces aren’t just for kids — anyone who wants a healthy and happy smile are good candidates for braces!

Orthodontic Visits

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 for a consult. By this time, enough permanent teeth have developed so the orthodontist can examine the alignment of the teeth and start planning how dental braces can help build a great smile. Children from the ages of 7 to 12 are some of the best candidates, because their jaws and teeth are still growing and changing. The sooner you start with braces, the better it is for your smile!

Not just for children, for adults too

Even though dental braces are most common in children from 9 to 14 years old, the AAO says that up to 75% of the general population could benefit from braces. According to the AAO, one in five patients is 18 or older. In fact, there are even patients in their 70’s who enjoy the health benefits of braces. Dental braces are for everyone who needs them! Whether you have crowded or crooked teeth, too much space between teeth, or an uneven bite pattern, braces help straighten teeth and guide the growth of your jaw. The result is a healthier smile and an improved appearance.

Your options

There are also alternatives to traditional braces that take into account comfort, aesthetics and cost. These include removable clear aligners, self-litigating braces, tooth colored dental braces, custom-bent wires and braces. Some of these methods may work better on older teens and adults. Your orthodontist can help you choose the application that’s best for your case. Contact Dr. Gorantla and his professional staff at Smiles Orthodontics for a consult to see if you’re a good candidate for dental braces today!