Misaligned bite or crooked teeth pose some health risks such as gum disease and bad breath. This is because it’s difficult to truly clean the teeth if they are misaligned. Though flossing can help, it is still a lot easier to maintain your pearly whites if they are aligned properly.

If your teeth are crooked or overlapping, It can also lower your self-esteem and confidence, making you feel ashamed of smiling more often. The good news is, these teeth problems can easily be fixed by an orthodontic treatment called braces.

Braces are used to straighten teeth and address crooked, misaligned, or even protruding teeth. Getting braces during teenage years can bring lots of benefit, but the best thing about getting braces is that it can guarantee a beautiful smile regardless if you’re a kid, a teenager or an adult.

Why during the teenage years?

Although many teenagers don’t like the idea of having braces because of the pain and discomfort it brings, orthodontic treatments are best done between 13 to 18 years old.

It is easier to adjust and align the teeth to make sure that there is enough space for teeth that are yet to erupt. It is advisable for kids aged 7 to visit their orthodontist (a dentist who specializes in correcting jaw and/or teeth alignment problems) so they can be given instructions on how to properly take care of their teeth.

Same thing with teenagers. The orthodontist can provide options on how to fix an overbite or crooked teeth to make sure that they are confident with their smiles. Today, braces come in such a large variety of styles and materials, so getting them won’t necessarily be expensive or extremely painful. Having braces during the teenage years can shorten the period where one has to wear brackets to correct crooked, overlapping and overcrowded teeth.

Getting your braces

If you’re planning to get an orthodontic treatment as braces, it is advisable to consult with your dentist/orthodontist to know the best type of braces appropriate for your teeth. The orthodontist will thoroughly examine your teeth, mouth, and jaw. He or she will check the misalignment of the teeth and may also ask questions whether you’re experiencing problems in chewing or swallowing. You may also be required to have undergo dental x-ray to see how the teeth are positioned and whether any permanent teeth will erupt soon.

Caring for your braces

During the first few days of having braces, discomfort might be felt because the teeth are being nudged together and alignment problems are still being corrected by putting steady pressure on the teeth. Pain can be expected also during and after every adjustment.

Brushing your teeth every after meal is essential and you have to make sure that you follow regular dental cleanings and check-ups with so your orthodontist can look for cavities. You should also avoid certain food like hard and sticky candies, chewing gums, and corn chips because they can damage your braces. If in case you have a loose wire or bracket, you must see your orthodontist right away.

Having the confidence to smile from ear to ear is worth the uneasiness and pain of having braces. Improving your smile helps you live a happier and healthier life, and it can also help you look more professional and more attractive.