Braces are a great way to improve the way your smile looks and generally give you more confidence when you need to speak out in public or address a lot of people. Dentists will recommend getting braces for any person who wants to improve their look face and smile wise. Now any person can get braces at any point and here at the South Philadelphia Orthodontic Associates we get patients of all ages come in to get their teeth put in the right shape, however this practice is most common amongst teenagers. This is because the best time to get braces put in is in your teenage years as you are growing quickly and your body is changing and adjusting quickly so getting braces at this age will mean that you smile and bite can be easily shaped.
Your teenage years are also when issues in your bite or smile’s shape can become apparent, so getting braces at this time is an easy fix. However getting your teeth straightened is not just an issue of getting a better looking smile, it is a very important operation that is necessary and if left unattended can result in tooth decay, gum disease, or susceptibility to getting headaches, ear aches and tooth aches. Getting braces in your teenage years can also prevent crowded teeth, overbites, incorrect positioning of the jaw, and jaw disorders later in your life.
Teens nowadays do not even need to worry quite as much as we did a few years ago. Metal braces are no longer the primary type of braces used; braces nowadays are lighter in weight and have a smaller structure to them. Instead braces are now made of elastic arch wires that are connected at the ends with small metal brackets instead of large entirely metal braces.