While the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child visit an orthodontist before the age of seven, this hardly means that it's too late for adults to seek treatment. Most adults tend to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist when they find themselves resisting smiling or covering their mouths. Having crooked teeth is one reason to seek orthodontic treatment, but definitely not the only one.
Many people think that the sole purpose of getting braces is to put a few crooked teeth back into place. Misalignment, however, is more than just a cosmetic problem. When the teeth and jaw do not line up correctly, it can be difficult to chew, and people with this problem can find it to be painful. If you have an under- or overbite, you may want to make an appointment with a specialist.
Most reputable orthodontists do not charge for an initial consultation. You will lose nothing going to an appointment and will gain valuable knowledge about your bite and the development of your teeth and jaws.
You may learn that you need to visit an orthodontist through your general dentist. If you have been visiting a dentist regularly for your cleanings and exams, he or she will have a good picture of your dental history and will notice any changes in alignment.
If you are interested in learning about braces for adults, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today. Dr. Tanya Vaysman and her talented staff would be happy to discuss all of the treatment options available to you.