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Wearing Braces: How Does This Shape Us Growing Up?

These days, beauty has set certain standards in the way people look and the perfect smile is one of them. Unfortunately, natural perfect smiles are rare and usually, people should opt for some orthodontic procedures to achieve it. In addition to that, the process might be quite slow, especially if the patient has very crooked or misplaced teeth and poorly aligned bites.

Usually, most parents insist on their children to wear braces to avoid future issues with crooked teeth or poorly aligned bite. In fact, a child might start wearing braces as soon as they turn 7 years of age. The reasons can be many and range from the early loss of baby teeth, trouble chewing, misplaced teeth, cheek biting to facial asymmetry. There are a couple of braces that are available, and they range from brackets to wires or rubber bands. The orthodontist chooses the proper braces in regards to the status of the teeth of the patient. Nevertheless, wearing braces might be a costly procedure and the price depends on many factors. Although, if the patient has dental insurance, it might cover a part of the procedure.

However, not every child got the chance to get a proper visit to the orthodontist or relied on their teeth to come out naturally. Nevertheless, the issue stayed and had to be fixed at a later stage in its life. Hence, the myth that only kids and teenagers wear braces is long gone. Nowadays people start wearing braces at the ages of 18 until 44, which makes around 112.8 million people in the United States.

Although orthodontists suggest that a child should opt for orthodontic treatment as early as possible for better results, it does not mean that adults can’t. Usually, it is best for a child to get its braces between the age of 9 and 14. This is due to the fact that it already has some permanent teeth and the rest are still growing, which will lead to fast and efficient results. However, orthodontists suggest that braces can be added at any age, as long as the patient has healthy teeth.

In fact, 1 in 5 patients that visit the orthodontist these days are over the age of 21. Eventually, the older patients should consider the fact that the orthodontic treatment might take more than 18 or 36 months as for children. Additionally, if there are more changes that have to be made in regards to the jaw or bite, it might require surgery. Hence, this is also a factor that has to be considered.

Nowadays, people are living way better and their lives are quite fulfilling. In fact, men and women have almost the same life expectancy and there is almost no gender gap in that regard. Although, in 1990 there was a life expectancy gap between men and women of 7 years, in 2017 it has narrowed to 5 years. Life expectancy has improved greatly in the last couple of decades, due to the advancements in medicine. One of the factors for this improved life expectancy is thanks to the orthodontists. In general, orthodontists are helping people of all ages and are vital for helping elder patients with all sorts of issues related to their age.

Orthodontists are considered to be one of the most important health care specialists. They are vital not only for the beautiful smile of people, but also for keeping their gums healthy. Healthy teeth are of utmost importance for people, as they are used on a daily basis. Thus, orthodontists suggest that check-ups are done during the early stage of crooked or misplaced teeth or jaw irregularities. The earlier the issues are addressed, the better the results will be for the patient.

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