Few things conjure images of youthful angst and awkwardness than an image of a pre-pubescent mouth full of metal. However, the long-term benefits of getting braces to correct a problem with the alignment of the teeth and bite far outweigh the temporary inconvenience of orthodontics. In fact, the design of braces has evolved over the years, and children and adults have several options to choose from to obtain a straighter smile.
Benefits of Getting Braces
A straight, even smile is about much more than how your teeth look (although how good the teeth look is really important too)! Thomas G. Faiver, DDS, a dentist in East Lansing, MI, advises both adolescent and adult orthodontics patients to think about the big picture when making the decision to get braces, and to think of them as an investment in long-term oral health and preventive dental care.
Beyond fixing crooked teeth, braces help to correct a number of problems with bite and alignment in children and adults that can impact the rest of the teeth and jaw, including:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
- Over/deep bite
- Overjet (protruding teeth)
- Abnormal eruption (“extra” tooth)
Different Types of Braces for Teens and Adults
Traditional metal braces, like most dental treatments and procedures, have greatly evolved over the years. Modern brackets are smaller in size and lighter than their earlier counterparts, and can even be customized with different color elastic bands to help patients showcase their creativity and individuality!
Clear aligners like Invisalign are now also available for teens in some cases, and while they work to straighten the teeth and improve bite like metal braces, they have the advantage of being clear and removable, with a series of customized trays that are replaced every few weeks as the teeth progressively begin to shift into place.
Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth, making them the most discreet set of braces available.
To learn more about how braces can help to improve your smile, call (517) 351-7222 today to schedule an appointment with your dentist in East Lansing, MI!