HOW WILL I KNOW IF I NEED BRACES?
Look at your teeth while biting on the back teeth. Front view –When you bite together the top teeth should leave ± 1/3 of the bottom teeth visible. Side view – teeth must fit like a cog, no spaces on either side of last 4 teeth.
AM I TOO OLD FOR BRACES?
If you have teeth supported by healthy bone and gums to move the teeth and a positive attitude, you are not too old for braces.
AM I TOO YOUNG FOR BRACES?
Parents are usually concerned about their children’s dental development. Abnormalities are spotted early, but you don’t know how the permanent teeth will develop, therefore it is essential to have an x-ray taken at the age of about 8 years. In most cases it is not necessary to do anything but keep an eye on it so that timing of treatment can be planned in order to do the right thing at the right time.
WHAT IS THE IDEAL AGE FOR BRACES?
Normally at the age of 11-12 years – you can ask your dentist if you are concerned. If in doubt a clinical consultation at an orthodontist is recommended. Each one of us is so unique. In some cases it is advisable to start early with preliminary treatment – creating space for permanent teeth, control growth pattern, open or close a bite and in some cases for esthetical reasons. There is a misconception that all treatment should be done only once all the permanent teeth are in the mouth. This is true in the majority of cases but not always. Timing is important as Bob Hope once said: you can have the best joke, but no-one will laugh when you tell it at a funeral.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ABOUT WISDOM TEETH?
Wisdom teeth are not removed routinely if they do not pose a problem or cause discomfort. Everybody is an individual with different needs and we will prescribe removal only after consultation with patients and parents. In the case where the decision is NOT TO REMOVE them, regular yearly follow up is advisable in order to detect any unwanted complications.