‘I will do it next year’
‘I’ll wait for the new financial year’
‘I’ll do it after the wedding’
If this sounds all too familiar, don’t feel alone, many patients put off orthodontic treatment and the truth is, the longer you put it off the longer you have to live with a crooked smile. Not only are misaligned teeth aesthetically unpleasing, they can cause dental problems and can even be more difficult to clean which can lead to bacteria build up. Choosing to straighten your smile should be a priority, not only for aesthetics but also for the benefit to your dental health.
The problem with crooked teeth
The relationship between crooked and misaligned teeth can not only interfere with proper chewing, but may also increase your chances of gum disease. The simple fact is straight teeth are easy to clean.
If your teeth are crooked, food can easily get caught between them which may prove more difficult to clean.
For those patients who have teeth that are facially displaced (anteriorly placed), this can cause the gums around them to recede, which can lead to gum disease and discomfort. Your gums may also become irritated if you suffer from a severe overbite because your lower front teeth may come in contact with the gum tissue of the upper teeth.
Choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment will help align your teeth into a position that will not only make cleaning easier but will create an aesthetically pleasing smile also.
What’s the best age to begin orthodontic treatment?
At Newwave Orthodontics on the Sunshine Coast we offer early intervention orthodontics along with full treatments for teens and adults. Generally we say the sooner the better when considering the optimal age for orthodontic treatment. For parents who are concerned about their children’s teeth we recommend visiting our Sunshine Coast orthodontic practice for an early intervention check-up. Early intervention orthodontics can help target and treat severe cross bite or impacted teeth that may be negatively influencing your child’s dental health and social life.
Adults and teens –don’t put it off any longer
If you need braces, you probably know this by now- so why are you still putting it off? The younger you are, the easier it is to move your teeth into place. The ideal age is between 10-14 years old because the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more conducive to straightening. However, we still encourage adults to consider orthodontic treatment; while the process may take longer we offer solutions that are more discrete than traditional methods.
What treatment can I get?
For adults that are looking for a discrete solution for their orthodontic needs we often recommend the Invisalign treatment. During your consultation we will assess your mouth to determine the best solution for your orthodontic needs. Invisalign is a highly requested treatment because it is able to move your teeth in the most discrete way possible. The transparent aligners fit over your teeth like a thin virtually invisible mouth guard and slowly move your teeth into alignment. This virtually invisible and removable orthodontic treatment is appealing for the workforce and even job interviews where traditional metal braces may not be desirable.
Thomas Jefferson’s quotable saying about procrastination certainly applies to orthodontic treatment. Here at Newwave Orthodontics we want to help our patients achieve a beautiful straight smile as soon as possible, which is why we encourage patients to consider treatment right away. The sooner you start treatment the closer you are to achieving a straighter smile.