Dental braces treatment is the most effective procedure found in dentistry, since it enables you to radically improve the condition of your teeth at a relatively low cost, but with a little bit of effort required. Braces are intended for both younger and older people, and they may be used as an integral part of other more complex treatments, since in most cases it becomes necessary to align teeth first before performing another procedure. Although most patients wear braces to improve their smile, they are also good at eliminating some of the more serious conditions, like an irregular bite, inclined position or jaws alignment.
WHAT IS THE BEST AGE TO WEAR DENTAL BRACES
The ideal years to wear braces are between the age of 10 and 14. The last permanent teeth grow until you are 12, after which it is already possible to go for braces, though some dentists will advise you to wear them a bit later, so that the process of jaw bone growth is completed in addition to the teeth growth. Any age up to 22 is suitable, because the bones are still flexible enough and grow at a fast pace, yielding the most beneficial results. In practice though, patients tend to check in later in life, in their twenties, which is still quite a good decision, despite the fact that the treatment will last longer than for teenagers, but with equally good and long-lasting results.
It is interesting to note that almost half of our patients who wear, or used to wear, braces have not initially come to Cvejanović Clinic to get them, but they wished for something completely different. However, once they are made aware of the benefits of dental braces, they decide to go for them. In our community, people are not adequately informed of the importance of wearing braces, so it is not uncommon that patients come to us in their thirties to make up for the lost opportunity to do the right thing in their teenage years.
Placing braces at Cvejanović Clinic
HOW DO DENTAL BRACES WORK?
Only by wearing a fixed orthodontic device is it possible to adjust the jawbones alongside the dental crowns. While wearing braces, a process we call jawbone remodeling takes place. The braces apply constant pressure to teeth, making them become loose in the jawbone, while at the same time generating new bone mass where needed so that a tooth is firmly set in the new position. Bones have a unique property of becoming stronger in places that need more support, and they generally become more robust if put under constant pressure. This explains how, for example, weightlifters are able to yank up weights of a few hundred kilograms.
Although there are other techniques, dental braces are the most natural way of solving issues regarding irregular teeth alignment and irregular bite. All other methods (crowns or veneers) cannot shift the position of roots, and therefore their esthetic achievements are limited. We cannot broaden jaws, shift a root, lower the gum line and achieve other positive effects by using crowns, so that the combined treatment is often required, where dental braces are first worn to bring teeth into a relatively correct alignment, and then crowns or veneers are introduced to deal with shape, functionality, colour and fine precision alignment.
WHO ARE BRACES INTENDED FOR?
However, dental braces are not the proper way to go in every case, especially if a patient’s teeth are in a poor condition or if they lack a substantial number of teeth. If a patient is elderly, where the shifting of teeth is expected to last longer, we may use a combined treatment or the patient is advised to go for a denture restoration in order to save time and money in the long run. The age limit is roughly 40, but if the teeth are generally healthy, dental braces are an option even after the age of 40.
In dentistry practice, but among patients as well, a term “fixed prosthesis” is used for a type of procedure where a set of false teeth is supported by implants, which is the most ideal type of restoration when it comes to complete edentulism. You can read more on this in our articles dealing with All-on-6 and All-on-4 procedures.