Braces have been the gold standard for straightening teeth for centuries, and advancements in orthodontics have made them discrete and comfortable. Metal braces are an affordable option for most of our patients, while ceramic braces can be a cosmetic option to blend nearly seamlessly with your teeth.
Who is a Candidate for Braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should be seen for their first orthodontic consultation no later than age 7. While the age of 7 may seem unusually early to consider braces, this pre-screening will give the orthodontist the opportunity to use preventative measures to possibly correct situations that may lead to braces in the future, and /or advise the parent on future orthodontic treatment planning. Adults seeking orthodontic treatment may consult with Dr. Gilbert at any time, since it is never too late to consider correcting your teeth.
Why Do I Need Braces?
Braces are used to move teeth into the ideal position and align how they bite together, known as occlusion. Malocclusion is used to describe the misalignment of teeth between the upper and lower dental arches, using the first molars as a reference point. There are three different types of misalignment, defined by the Angles Classification Method. Developed by Dr. Edward Angle, considered by many the founding father of orthodontics, this method of classification is widely used by dentists around the world:
- Class I – Considered the ideal relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Crowding or spacing may be present with Class I bite.
- Class II – Commonly known as “over bite.” The patient’s lower first molar is positioned posterior, or more towards the back of the mouth. The upper jaw, or maxilla, appears to protrude forward. Class II bite has two sub classes that also describe the position of the upper front teeth, but in both cases, the molar relationship is the same.
- Class III – The patient’s lower first molar is positioned anterior, or closer to the front of the mouth. The lower jaw, or mandible, protrudes forward, and is best described as an “under bite.”
Are Braces Just for Kids?
Dr. Gilbert believes it’s never too late to improve your smile, self esteem and overall oral health. Dr. Gilbert provides a fully array of orthodontic services including traditional braces, colored braces, clear aligners, and Orthognathic surgery.
Make the most of your smile, contact us today and schedule your free consultation.