Braces fix bad bites and malocclusions, crooked or crowded teeth, by applying pressure on each tooth to put them into their proper position. Earlier treatment has its perks, but adults can use braces as well.
Dental issues mentioned above usually begin at 6 and 12 years of age, but orthodontic treatment usually begins around 8 to 14 years of age, because children's bone structure is still developing.
The exact duration of treatment varies from one person to another but may last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, they will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their crooked positions.
Your Northwest Houston dentist can treat adults as well. No one is too old for braces. They work the same as for children. Braces add light pressure to teeth to move them into their proper position. There is a bigger risk of gum disease in adults though, so visit your doctor on a regular basis.
To ensure your treatment gives you optimal solutions, make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport, don't skip your dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and that there's no hardened plaque on teeth and/or around gums.
Also, try avoiding certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, or sticky foods, floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure you change your toothbrush every three months or when bristles are frayed.
After treatment, wearing a retainer will help maintain the position of your teeth. You should continue brushing and flossing, but consider fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash, toothpaste and drinking water, and visit your doctor for professional cleanings.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding child or adult orthodontic treatment, then call your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist Dr. Brent Browning at (281) 370-4300.