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Braces: Not just for teens Dentists in Puerto Rico

Braces: Not just for teens

By Dr. Marco Torrado

The vast majority of the general public in Puerto Rico believes that orthodontic treatment is only for teenagers. Although, generally, the ideal age to begin orthodontic treatment is 12 to 15 years, many times, may vary. Early orthodontic treatment, including the ages of 7 and 11 years old, is often indicated. Although it is not braces itself, many growth problems can be corrected at this age, to avoid creating severe problems later.

Orthodontic treatment for adults is often indicated for patients over 21 years with oral health problems.

Early treatment (7 to 11 years)

At the age of 7 years children have a mix of permanent and deciduous teeth (milk). Some of the children's dental problems are genetic, or inherited from their parents. These include crowding, gaps between teeth, extra or missing teeth and problems with jaw growth.
Other problems may experience are acquired by habits or early loss of teeth. These can be caused by thumb sucking, abnormal swallowing, breathing through the mouth and early or late loss of deciduous teeth (milk).

The advantage of an early detection of these problems is that these will be easier to correct if they are identified and treated early in the child's age. Wait until all permanent teeth are in your mouth or that the child's growth is complete may result in a much more complicated. For these reasons the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have an exam with an orthodontist no later than the age of 7 years. Although your child's teeth may be straight and have a perfect smile can be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.

Adult Treatment

The boom in cosmetic facial has created an increase in adults seeking orthodontic treatment. If you think braces are just for teenagers, is wrong.
When you have a malocclusion (bite unstable) their teeth may be crowded, have excessive or bite spaces not being liked. These conditions can create health problems are oral. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and, over time, can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. These bites can result in abnormal wear of tooth structure, difficulty chewing and damage to the bone and gums will protect the tooth. Poorly aligned teeth can contribute to pain in the jaw joint.

Having braces will not limit in any lifestyle. One of every 5 patients are adults. The AAO estimates that more than 1,000,000 adults in the United States are receiv orthodontists orthodontic treatment certificates.

Tooth loss in adults has declined significantly in recent decades. Our grandparents, mostly, they lost their teeth at the age of 40 years. An adult of today has a potential of up to 100 years of operation with their teeth.

The braces offer an excellent choice for improving your smile and oral health. Many adults have not had the opportunity to orthodontic treatment in the past because their parents could not afford or lack of knowledge. Now there are different options to correct their problems and provide many advantages braces.
Dr. Marco Torres has his orthodontic practice in Hatillo, Puerto Rico for appointments call 787-262-5800

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