Do you cover your mouth when you smile? Are you embarrassed by how your teeth look? It’s probably time for you to see an orthodontist. With advanced training, an orthodontist can help you move your crooked, misaligned teeth to their ideal positions and achieve a straight smile.
For children, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends orthodontic intervention as early as 7 years old. This is an ideal age to catch issues with their developing jaws. However, most parents seek treatment when their children reach the ages of 9 to 14.
Most adults have a misconception that it might be too late for them to seek orthodontic treatment. On the contrary, one in five orthodontic patients are adults, the American Association of Orthodontists revealed. The age range of typical adult patients is between 26 and 44.
Malocclusion, or bad bite, is one of the common reasons why people seek an orthodontist. Treatment is mainly focused on correcting how the upper and lower teeth fit together. Also, the orthodontist will make sure that the jaws line up properly.
Other reasons why people see an orthodontist include crowded or crooked teeth. If left untreated, they could lead to gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Because overlapping teeth are difficult to clean, it’s easy for bacteria to accumulate and cause damage to teeth and gums.
Bite problems and overlapping teeth also contribute to chewing or talking problems. They also cause clenching, grinding and wearing down of teeth.