When is it better to install braces: teens or adults?
Braces are structures that are necessary to align the bite and eliminate the problem of curvature of individual teeth. Systems are securely attached to the teeth. The design gradually gives a certain pressure to the teeth, due to which the bite is evened out evenly.
Treatment with bracket systems can take from six months to three years. When using designs, it is necessary to take more care of oral hygiene, often brush your teeth and even use special devices. It is not recommended to eat solid foods such as apples, pears, nuts, etc.
The most important thing is to put up with braces. Many teenagers and even adult patients agree to have crooked teeth or malocclusion just because they are embarrassed to wear braces. According to stereotypes, braces are worn by ugly children with lots of complexes. And this is the first myth: today braces are worn, and teenagers and adults and there is nothing to be shy about, in modern Europe the trend is for naturalness.
There are a huge number of different bracket systems, some of them are generally almost invisible on the teeth. It is these systems that are recommended for teenagers and adult patients to wear, because not everyone wants his smile to be the reason for the discussion at the coffee break.
Types of braces:
Metal. Such braces, as already noted above, used to be the most popular, but now faded into the background. There are many advantages to metal braces, but there are also disadvantages. Among the advantages can be noted a relatively low price, power and a fairly quick effect on the correction of the dentition. The disadvantage is an unattractive appearance;
Sapphire. These braces are made from a single crystal in its pure form or with a small amount of ceramic in the composition. The material is quite durable, completely not inclined to lose attractiveness even with prolonged use. Sapphire braces have a pleasant translucency and a natural shine that merges with natural teeth. Among the disadvantages of sapphire bracket systems, too high a price;
Ceramic. Today, ceramic braces are the most common in Ukraine. They are also almost invisible, like sapphire, but at the same time they are somewhat cheaper in price. Ceramic braces are not prone to deformation and breakage, quite strong and are able to qualitatively influence the correction of the bite. Ceramic braces are often used by adult patients in order to avoid unnecessary attention from employees and strangers. The cost of ceramic braces in Kiev is slightly higher than metal, but this type has more advantages. Therefore, the choice is only for the patient, his preferences and financial capabilities.
When is the best time to start treatment with braces?
Treatment of occlusion must begin to be treated when a full-fledged permanent dentition has formed. As a rule, this happens from about 12-15 years. But as a rule, at this age, adolescents are especially sensitive to changes, to their appearance. It is not always possible to convince a child that braces are a temporary phenomenon that will serve only for the good. Children are not inclined to understand that malocclusion or crooked teeth in adulthood can cause complexes and even psychological problems.
But, despite the fact that bracket systems can also be set for adult patients, it is still recommended to persuade the child and install designs up to 18 years. The younger the patient, the easier the alignment of the teeth and much faster. On average, treating a bite with braces in a teenager takes from six months to 2.5 years. In an adult patient, the process can drag on for more than 3 years.