Do I Need Braces?

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A dentist typically recommends braces to patients who may have crooked or crowded teeth, misaligned bites, or incorrect jaw position. If left untreated, these problems could result in increased tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, earaches, and even speaking, biting, or chewing problems. Braces are also used to improve the quality of your smile and can greatly increase your confidence. A beautiful smile with straight, white teeth can work wonders for your self-image and even your success in your career.

Orthodontic treatment can benefit patients at nearly any age. The idealistic time to place brackets is between the ages of 10 and 14, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening.

But braces aren’t just for kids! An estimated 1 million adults in the United States and Canada wear braces. It is never too late to make your smile more beautiful!

If you feel self-conscious about the idea of wearing traditional braces with a wire and brackets, there are other options available to consider. In our office, we offer Invisalign® braces, which consists of a series of clear, retainer-like aligner trays that gradually shift your teeth into place.

To determine whether you need braces and to discuss orthodontic treatment options, call us at (208)722-6400 to schedule an appointment.