Ceramic braces or orthodontics is a type of teeth straightening procedure to treat malocclusion.
Malocclusion is a condition in which teeth are not properly straight properly.
Malocclusion creates unnecessary spaces between the teeth or overcrowding of teeth.
The overcrowding of teeth becomes difficult for person to clean all the teeth properly.
This causes food particles to trap in those areas, which develops plaque.
After some time, it causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Some other problems that may or may not be created by maligned teeth are:
- TMJ problems
- Difficulty in chewing
- Mouth breathing
- And speech problems.
Since, ceramic braces are less visible in the mouth, hence more esthetically pleasing than metal braces.
Moreover, many young people do opt for this since it comes with all the benefits of teeth straightening with little compromise to the facial aesthetics.
What would be the ideal age to consider and plan a possible orthodontic intervention?
A child as early as age seven should be consulted for orthodontic treatment.
This will allow a dentist to plan preventive measures to avoid chances of orthodontic treatment in later years of life.
Children who don’t need assistance in bone growth need braces at the age of 12 to 13 years.
By this time mostly all permanent teeth have erupted.
Braces can be worn at any age to correct malocclusion.
However, the treatment is advised early on to reduce the time and forces required for the tooth movement.