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Is There an Age Limit for Wearing Braces?

Is There an Age Limit for Wearing Braces?

Many people may have such a psychological cognition: the golden period of teeth straightening is around 12 years old, so some parents and children don't care about their children's gluttony, buck teeth, and irregular teeth, thinking that they will not care about their children's teeth replacement; some adults miss the good opportunity of 12 years old, and always feel that it is too late to straighten their teeth at the age of 30/40.


What I want to tell you here is that age is not a problem for orthodontic treatment. The key question is: what kind of deformity is the tooth?


1. Some children may need corrective treatment from the age of 3


A large part of people with malformed teeth are not caused by congenital factors, but are caused by long-term bad oral habits, such as mouth breathing, tongue sticking and other bad habits will lead to abnormal jaw development, resulting in prominence, small jaw, ground teeth deformities such as Baotian and inability to bite the front teeth.


Bad oral habits may start at a very young age. If you wait until the child is about 12 years old after changing teeth and then orthodontic treatment, the tooth deformity is quite serious, and the peak of maxillofacial growth and development has passed. Growing up to compensate for facial incongruities has become so much more difficult that it even requires maxillofacial surgery.


Therefore, from the beginning of the teething of the child, you should pay attention to his dental health and avoid bad habits. If a child is found to have abnormal jaws during the growth period, such as underbite, protruding face, etc., he should see a dentist as soon as possible. For 3-12-year-old children with mixed dentition, early orthodontic treatment can be performed by occlusal induction. With the assistance of the natural growth of the child's teeth and the strength of the corresponding appliance, it can help the permanent teeth grow naturally toward the ideal position along the occlusal-induced traction force, and help to form a good dentition and occlusal relationship.


2. It's not too late for corrective treatment at the age of 50 or 60


In life, many adults and even middle-aged and elderly people have the desire and need to straighten their teeth. In their adolescence, apart from the limited economy and lack of consciousness, the technology of the past is not as advanced as it is now. Although you missed the best corrective treatment age, it does not mean that you cannot correct it when you are older. From a technical point of view, there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. As long as the oral and physical conditions allow, teeth can be rectified at the age of 60. There are many cases of successful orthodontic treatment for people after the age of 70.


3. Adults who wear braces for correction should pay more attention to the later maintenance


Although there is no age limit for straightening teeth, adult straightening is more complicated than child straightening. Because the growth and development of adults has stopped, the correction process will naturally be slower than that of children. In addition, adult teeth have been used in the mouth for decades, and there are many problems, such as caries, missing teeth, periodontal disease, etc., so it will bring certain difficulties to orthodontic treatment. But there are also advantages: in the process of orthodontic treatment, the caries are cured, the missing teeth are solved, and the oral health will be significantly improved.


Therefore, adult orthodontic braces usually have a relatively long course of treatment. For the same correction, children may be finished in a year and a half, and adults may need two years or more. After the teeth are orthodontized, in order to prevent rebound, the retainer should be worn after the braces are removed. The retainer is usually worn for one or two years. The longer the wearing time, the better the effect of consolidating and orthodontic treatment.

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