While braces are often considered a rite of passage for children and teens, patients of all ages choose this cosmetic dental care treatment to improve their smile, increase confidence, and correct oral pathology. From an overcrowded and crooked teeth to underbites, overbites, incorrect jaw positions, the oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska specialize in these problems and can determine if braces are right for you.
Are Braces Right For You?
Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from braces if they suffer from an alignment issue. It’s important to consult an oral surgeon to be sure; if left untreated, teeth and jaw problems can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, headaches, and earaches. You may even need oral surgery in the future if it’s not fixed with braces.
When Is The Right Time For Braces?
Patients benefit the most from braces between the ages of 10 and 14, when the head and mouth are still growing and the teeth are more accessible to straightening. However, this type of cosmetic dental care can help at nearly any age.
Is It Uncomfortable Or Painful?
Because braces are gradually tightened in order to shift your teeth and jaw to the correct position, your mouth may feel a bit sore for a short time after your visit. Some teeth may also need to be extracted to make room for proper alignment.
You can minimize any discomfort at home by cutting hard fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces and avoiding practices like lip biting and gum chewing.
How Long Will The Treatment Last?
The amount of time you’ll wear your appliances depends on your treatment plan. Most patients wear braces for a period of 12 to 24 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer to set and align tissues around the straightened teeth.
If you’re considering braces or another form of cosmetic dental care, Oral Surgery Associates of Alaska’s team of dedicated oral surgeons have the specialized training and the expertise to assist you. Call Dr. Bergeron and Dr. Holloway today at (907) 561-1430, or visit them online to learn more about the services they offer.