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How do you know if you need braces?

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In general, dentists recommend using braces to optimize the patient’s orofacial appearance. This treatment, better known as “orthodontics” can solve problems of crowding, spaces and disorders of the jaw joints.

There is no age limit for braces. In fact, there are new techniques that allow teeth and bites to be aligned in adults, guaranteeing efficient results. However, it is always advisable to start treatment at an early age.

Techniques to find out if a person needs orthodontics usually include x-rays and/or plaster models of the teeth . In the same way, there are a series of symptoms that indicate if, in fact, we need braces .

Next, we point out what they are.


You need braces if you have…

  • Crooked teeth : When this happens, it is common to notice food debris between the teeth. Said remains increase the possibility of frequent cavities , damaging the dental pieces more frequently.
  • Crowded teeth : Teeth too close together produce an alteration in dental aesthetics and functionality that at the same time generates accumulation of dental plaque and consequently, cavities and loss of the dental piece.
  • Spaced teeth: Wide spaced teeth expose the gums to direct contact with food. Which causes inflammation and excess bacteria in the medium and long term
  • Poor bite: Bites that do not fit properly cause damage to the functionality of the jaw and teeth.
  • Jaw pain: A misaligned jaw causes tension in the muscles and this, in turn, leads to headaches and other discomforts.

When to wear braces?

Treating orthodontic problems at an early age is recommended. In fact, the ideal is to get braces between 10 and 14 years of age . Once the dentist has made the relevant diagnosis, considering the type of affectation and its severity.

However, as braces usually slightly change the physical appearance of the patient, in a minor this can be counterproductive. Therefore, parents are advised to discuss the matter with their children before making any decisions for them.

In the same way, it is important to clarify that braces are not only for children, pre-teens or teenagers . Since adults are also candidates for orthodontic treatment adapted to their most immediate needs.

This allows to correct minor problems related to aesthetics and functionality.

What type of braces do you recommend using?

Your trusted dentist will recommend different devices for a specific problem; according to this the patient can choose. Braces are generally classified into three types:

  • Metal or plastic: Which adhere to the teeth and can be hidden
  • Lingual braces: They are placed on the back of the teeth, being hidden from view
  • Band Backets: They cover almost the entire tooth with metal bands.

All types of brackets use special wires that move the teeth into the desired position . They are, without a doubt, a unique technology.

How long should I use them for?

It all depends on your treatment plan. In general, the more complicated a problem is , and taking into account the patient’s age, the duration will be longer than expected.

Most require a maximum of 18 to 30 months. And then the brackets are replaced by retainers for a reasonable time. Well, this allows to settle and align the tissues that surround the aligned teeth.

Meanwhile, other patients require a permanent retainer so that the bite does not return to its previous state. However, everything will depend (as we have said ) on the conditions and particularities of each case.

Do you need orthodontic treatment? At SOFDental we guarantee a 66% economic saving on complete orthodontic treatment . We are the solution you need to your oral problem.

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Dr Martin

By: Dr. Martín Ramírez
Dental Surgeon at SOFDental.


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