Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

About Me

Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

Latest Posts

Signs Your Dental Bridge Does Not Fit Quite Right
30 December 2019

A missing tooth can be replaced for cosmetic purpo

An Overview Of Dental Cleaning Tools
5 December 2019

For many children, and even some adults, the tools

Protect Your Family's Teeth From Coffee
1 November 2019

Coffee is a favorite drink for many around the wor

Health Hazards And Treatments For A Broken Tooth
30 September 2019

Even if your broken tooth is not painful, it shoul

Handling A Sudden Dental Issue
28 August 2019

Many patients will fail to be prompt when they are

Why The Teenage Years Are The Best Age For Braces

If your child has a less-than-perfect smile, you've probably considered braces. However, many people don't know that the teenage years are one of the best time for anyone to get braces. Waiting for adulthood isn't ideal, since your child's jaw will finish growing and it will be harder to make significant changes to the overall shape of your child's jaw and bite. If your kid is still a teen, here are reasons why they should get their braces now.

Past Childhood

Many people begin the process of having their teeth straightened in childhood, but it's actually better to wait until your child is a teenager for a variety of reasons.

For example, most teenagers have become aware of how their bodies work and aren't as likely to experience physical injuries on a daily basis as kids. Kids play, run, and get into accidents that older kids don't, all of which could potentially damage their braces or retainers. You're less likely to have broken hardware if you wait until your child is a teenager to get them braces.

Jaw Growth

While bone growth tends to slow down in the teen years, the important thing is that they're still growing and changing. If your child has major problems with their jaw shape, size, or growth, these are things that can be corrected with braces while the jaw is still growing. However, once the jaw is finished growing in your child's adulthood, these problems often can't be fixed with braces alone. Typically, surgical methods are required in order to make any major changes to the jaw, like lengthening it or shortening it, once one reaches adulthood. During the teen years, braces can be used to curb or enhance growth, correcting the way the jaw grows as it finishes its growth cycle.

Making a Choice

While the teen years are a good time to get teeth straightening started, it's understandable if your teen isn't too crazy about the idea. Braces can seem unsightly, especially when you're a teenager.

Thankfully, there are two ways to bypass this problem for your teen. One is to go with invisible braces, which can be removed and put back on for meals and for cleaning. Since they're made out of transparent plastic, they're nearly impossible to see. The other choice is sublingual braces, which are metal braces mounted to the back of the teeth so they're not visible to others while smiling.

If you think it's already too late, it's not. Getting your teenager braces now can potentially improve the look and functionality of their smile in ways that won't be as easy once your child is completely grown up. For more information, contact a company like Cobbe Dental & Orthodontics.