Orthodontics – Benefits For People Of All Ages
There is a widespread misunderstanding that you can be too old or that your child is too young for an orthodontic evaluation and treatment.
It is true that orthodontics is typically used in the treatment of teenagers to maintain and improve their dental health. However, the Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated for orthodontic needs between the ages of eight and ten years. Early evaluation helps detect tooth and bite abnormalities and allows your dentist and orthodontist to prepare a treatment plan.
Regardless of this, there is no age barrier to improving your dental health. For those beyond adolescent years, orthodontic treatment can provide a number of health benefits and a smile that you can be proud to show.
Not Just Cosmetic
Historically, the perception has been that orthodontics is used solely for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of a smile. It is true that orthodontic treatment can significantly improve the physical appearance of the mouth and teeth, restoring a person’s confidence and improving their self-image at any age.
Not as commonly known is the fact that orthodontics can help address a variety of health issues in adults as well as children. These include:
- difficulty with normal breathing
- difficulty with swallowing
- snoring and sleep apnoea
- crowding, overbite and cross-bite which may injure the jaw and interior of the mouth
- malformed and incorrectly positioned teeth which may disfigure the face and mouth
- replacing missing teeth resulting from injury or decay
- speech problems
- difficulty in chewing and biting
Understanding the relationship between orthodontics and these health issues can increase the effectiveness of your dental care plan and improve overall well-being.
Begin with an orthodontics evaluation
Whether your goal is to restore your smile and self-confidence or address health issues, the benefits of orthodontics begin with an evaluation. Your orthodontist will work with you to develop a treatment plan designed to give you the results you want.
Along with traditional metal braces, alternative treatment options include:
- ceramic braces, often preferred because they are less noticeable than metal braces
- clear plastic aligners
With an understanding of your needs and lifestyle, your dentist will provide you with the best treatment options to achieve your goals.
Remember that it is recommended that children be assessed for orthodontic needs between the ages of eight and ten years and that you are never too old to benefit from orthodontic interventions.
If you have questions about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, schedule an evaluation. There is no age limit on achieving good oral health.