Orthodontics is also known as dental brace treatment. Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and elimination of dental malpositioning and misalignment. Orthodontic treatment does not only concern aesthetics, but also prevents possible jaw problems in later years, which is why starting orthodontic treatment at an early age is of major importance.

The best time to start orthodontics treatment

There is no specific age for orthodontics treatment. It can be started at all ages. However, the earliest age is recommended. Diagnosing dental misalignment during childhood will prevent bigger problems that could be faced during later years.

Dental professionals recommend children to undergo orthodontics examination before 7 years of age. Treatment of skeletal malformations also known as overbite and underbite should be done before the 12th year of age since the treatment will become more challenging in later years.

Types of braces

A wide variety of braces offer different options in orthodontics treatment. Selection of the brace is not a decision to be made by the patient alone.

You should choose a specific brace type upon recommendation of the dental professional. Braces offer various benefits in terms of material and structure.

Metal braces

Metal braces are the most frequent. Due to being more durable than other brace types, they are mainly preferred in the treatment of children. Metal braces are more prominent and visible because they are metallic and are placed on the outer surface of the teeth.

Porcelain (transparent) braces

It is mostly used in aesthetic dental surgery. Porcelain braces are typically preferred by adults and require diligent care.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are placed on the inner surface of the teeth not visible. They are usually preferred by adult patients.

Invisible braces (transparent plates – braceless orthodontics)

As their name suggests, transparent plates are nearly invisible. Transparent plates are very easy to clean. Patients can replace transparent plates biweekly.

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