A child’s facial growth is partly genetic and partly a result of the balance of muscles connected to the head. Each facial component develops in relation to every other component. For example, if a child has a chronic thumb-sucking habit or mouth-breathing habit, these can affect the way muscles develop.
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There is no fixed rule as to the best age for starting with braces. Many of our patients are adults, some of them over age 55. The teeth can be realigned at any age.
However, there is an advantage to starting orthodontic work in early adolescence. That is because all the adult teeth (except wisdom teeth) have emerged, but the facial shape and jawline are still developing. In fact this growth is happening quickly in adolescence.
Typically, no part of your braces will break. However, one way it can happen is from eating hard, crunchy foods. If you eat carrots or apples, for example, first chop them into bite-size pieces, or cook them to make them soft.
Eating such hard foods can bend or snap the arch wire or break brackets off the teeth. For the same reason, it is best not to chew on ice or hard candy. Sticky and chewy candy is also damaging. Gummy bears, caramels and taffy can damage the braces and also damage the teeth that have brackets attached to them.
Crooked teeth have been noted as far back as Neanderthal Man around 50,000 B.C. The beginning of orthodontics has been found in mummies with clumsy metal bands on some of their teeth. Archaeologists think that probably catgut was used as brace wire. This is not as odd as it might sound, as catgut is also successfully used to this day for violin strings (typically on a student violin).
To some people braces are like root canals – a dental procedure to be avoided no matter what. Actually, root canals are not the painful treatment our grandparents had to undergo, as dentistry has made such large strides forward in technology and patient comfort. But many continue to regard braces in a less-than-positive light because of the appearance of metal in the mouth and a fear of discomfort.
Basically, Invisalign works the same way as any brackets-and-wiring arrangement, except that it uses clear aligners instead. Dr. Rudman will answer your questions about this and let you know if it is a good option for you. Not everybody can successfully realign their teeth using Invisalign, as it depends on the exact misalignment and its severity.
Most people are aware of the perceived disadvantages of dental braces – metal mouth and discomfort. But are you aware of all the benefits that accrue from a year or two spent wearing them? It is quite a long list, and keep in mind that in these days of modern dentistry there are many more choices as to what type of braces you wear. There is even the Invisalign choice of correcting tooth alignment without using braces at all.
If you bite the bullet, so to speak, and wear braces for a short percentage of your life, you can achieve positive results and avoid potential problems.