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When to Get Dental Braces at Our Houston Dentist

If you or your child need dental braces in order to straighten your teeth and correct misalignment, you may be wondering the best time to begin this treatment. Our Houston dentist recommends dental braces to patients of all ages, as it’s never too late to achieve the confidence that comes with straight teeth, but there is an optimal time to get Houston dental braces, which is explained below.

Houston Dental Braces Explained

Dental braces are designed to correct malocclusion, which is the technical term for an incorrect bite. Malocclusion can manifest in a number of ways, from improper alignment of upper and lower teeth, as well as crooked, poorly-spaced teeth, or crowded teeth. In order to shift teeth into the proper position, our Houston cosmetic dentist can employ either metal dental braces or Invisalign, each of which is explained below:

  • Metal dental braces are made up of metal brackets connected by a thin wire that our Houston dentist then tightens gradually to shift teeth into the proper position. This option is appealing to many patients because they correct virtually every alignment issue, regardless of severity and are typically the most affordable option.
  • Invisialign is a series of clear, plastic aligners that patients wear to straighten teeth over time. They can be removed for eating, drinking, and for special occasions and are virtually invisible, so many patients opt for this treatment.

Which method is right for you or your child depends on the severity of malocclusion that needs to be corrected, as well as age, lifestyle, and budget.

When Is the Best Time To Get Dental Braces?

Our Houston pediatric dentist recommends beginning dental braces treatment as soon as malocclusion has been identified and all adult teeth have erupted, which is typically between the ages of 10-14. The reason is that the younger the patient, the easier the teeth shift, as kids’ jaws are still growing. Dental braces are still an effective treatment for adults, but it will take longer for adult teeth to shift into their proper position, thereby typically requiring a longer treatment plan. That said, adults usually achieve the same results as pediatric patients, even if it does take longer, and shouldn’t allow that to prevent them from gaining the confidence that comes with straighter teeth and a corrected bite.

Sometimes our Houston kids dentist may recommend two phases of dental braces treatment if the alignment issue deems it the most effective correction, shifting baby teeth so that adult teeth can come in properly and then again once all adult teeth have erupted.

Victory Smiles Can Treat Your Malocclusion with Houston Dental Braces 

If you or your child are ready to take the first step toward a more confident smile, call us today and schedule your initial consultation with our Houston cosmetic dentist. We’ll discuss the treatment options that best fit your needs, lifestyle, and budget in one of our comfortable and conveniently-located offices. We look forward to helping you achieve straighter teeth and the lifelong benefits they provide!