The simple answer is YES, and for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight – in most cases. Different types exists, but are usually comfortable. You will need to have some from of retainer to ensure your teeth stay perfectly straight as most people’s teeth move throughout life. Everything else changes as we get older, why should teeth be any different?
Sometimes we need to take teeth out to fit everything in. However, there are fewer cases today having teeth extracted compared to 20 years ago – for all sorts of reasons (often being patient preference). We take your preferences into account and explain the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. Usually, if teeth need extracting it is obvious to everyone!
Mostly, the answer is not really. Sure, at first there is a stage of getting use to them and the teeth and gums can be sore. This usually lasts for only a week or two, and headache tablets manage the pain if needed. Adults may experience pain for a bit longer.
Treatment time can range from 6 months to 2 years in most cases. The average time in braces is about 18 months while Invisalign is about 12 months.
This depends on what age and type of treatment is needed. The usual range of costs are from $1500 to about $6000. Invisalign costs a bit more.
Teeth can be moved at any age – even 80 year olds! However, orthodontic treatment is often more easily managed when patients are still actively growing. Most orthodontic treatment occurs during teenage years while growth still occurs.
For some children, definitely yes. For the majority, probably no. However, an appointment with your orthodontist should resolve this question.
For some, early treatment (age 6-9yo) is definitely worth while. For most, however, around age 10 to 14yo is the best time. This age often allows shorter, more effective and ultimately less costly treatments to be delivered.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check up with your orthodontist at around 7 years of age.