Mini braces are popular with adults and teens alike. Teenagers often choose to change up the ligature ties that go around the brackets every once in a while. This can be done during a routine visit with the dentist or orthodontist. Different colored elastics can be worn to show team spirit or mark holidays. Adults may opt to stick with more subdued silver elastics instead!
Even though the variety of dental braces has grown significantly in recent years, some things about orthodontics remain the same. Any orthodontic treatment plan begins with a consultation, when your dentist or orthodontist will observe your bite and determine which type of dental braces might be best for you. Treatment still takes a while -- up to two years if you wear metal braces (possibly longer for adults). And after your dental braces come off, you'll need to wear an orthodontic retainer while your teeth settle in to their new position.
Getting It Straight
The results of your hard work will be well worth it. Not only will your teeth look better, they will help you stay healthier, too. After all, straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, which means less chance of returning to your dentist for a tooth filling or gum disease treatment. Fixing a malocclusion will also reduce wear and tear on your teeth and help you chew better, reducing headaches and jaw pain.
Only an dentist or orthodontist can determine whether or not you need dental braces and if so, which type is right for you. Speak with your dentist to find out whether mini braces are an option. If you need to find an dentist near you, we can help! Call us at 1-866-970-9853.