Because teeth can shift at any age, visiting the orthodontist can be important no matter how old or young you may be. There are numerous reasons why teeth can be misaligned. It could be caused by a health condition or an injury or just the way your teeth grew naturally. Possibly you had straighter teeth in the past, but now have misaligned teeth.
And even if you had braces in the past, it doesn’t preclude you from needing them again. In many cases, people who wore braces in childhood or as a teenager discover they need them again when they are older. This might be a result of not wearing their retainer as they should or simply a change in natural growth of teeth. Research shows that orthodontia is needed in as many adults as children.
Ignoring your teeth can result in other health concerns such as headaches, stomach upsets and ear aches. With crooked teeth you can also experience an increase in plaque and food buildup between your teeth. That can lead to periodontal or gum disease. Keeping your teeth healthy can help you to avoid tooth decay, gum and bone loss, not to mention wear and tear on your enamel and chronic facial discomfort.
If you’re an adult in need of braces, don’t wait. Today it is easier and more affordable than ever to get braces that are barely noticeable. And if you have a child at the age of six or seven, that it is the age that orthodontic problems start to become noticeable. Permanent teeth usually start to come in around this age.
We treat patients of all ages and encourage you to come see us. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children make their first to visit to the orthodontist at age seven to begin building a strong relationship with the doctor. But if you happen to be 37, 57, 67 or older, please come for a visit and find out how beautifully aligned teeth will give you something to smile about.