Braces are one of the most common dental procedures, especially for children and teenagers. Although more common in childhood, when malocclusions (alignment problems) are easier to treat, many adults also decide to undergo orthodontic treatment every year, because it is never too late to invest in straighter teeth and a healthier smile. Dr. Humberto Nunez and Dr. Crystal Villarreal, your dentists in Brownsville, TX, recommend orthodontics for both children and adults with dental alignment problems such as:
- Excessive spacing
- Open bite
- Over/deep bite
Orthodontic Treatment in Brownsville, TX
Like all dental issues, alignment problems that require orthodontic treatment are usually first diagnosed during a routine dental exam. Orthodontic issues that require braces typically manifest as the permanent (adult) teeth begin to erupt. Because the bone and teeth are easier to shift as they are developing, orthodontic treatment is generally prescribed during the pre-teen and teenage years. So does that mean that the window on getting straighter teeth closes once we graduate from junior high? The good news is that it does not. Although getting braces as an adult can have its own unique challenges, contrary to popular belief adults can — and do — get braces later in life.
The first step (regardless of age) is to schedule a dental exam and check up. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends scheduling an appointment with a dentist every six months to a year for optimal oral health. Although mild spacing issues between teeth that do not affect dental alignment can typically be corrected with cosmetic dentistry procedures like cosmetic bonding or veneers, braces are necessary to correct malocclusions and ensure proper alignment.
Find a Dentist in Brownsville, TX
For more information about the orthodontic treatment that is right for you or your child, contact Westlake Family Dentistry by calling (956) 312-0284 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nunex or Dr. Villarreal today.