From the point of view of most teenagers and preteens, braces do anything but make their lives easier. But despite the sometimes awkward metal smile, for many of them, braces can do just that.
Hardly anyone is born with naturally straight and aligned teeth. Both heredity and environmental factors cause most children's teeth to be out of alignment in some way. Teeth that are not aligned can cause many dental dilemmas; such as difficulty flossing or brushing teeth, difficulty chewing and the wearing down of teeth or tooth decay. Once facial growth is complete, other problems may ensue.
But metal or clear braces can, by applying pressure to the teeth, move the teeth gradually over time to a more ideal position. It is important to receive treatment at a younger age while teeth and bones can be molded when the child is still growing. Beyond the teenage years, ideal results can often only be achieved by surgery.
Not just for health and function, braces are also for looks. Straight teeth and aligned jaws make for a happier smile and look for your child.