There is an ideal time and place for everything in life but everyone lives their own lives with their own unique set of circumstances. The best time for anyone to see an orthodontist is when their permanent teeth are coming in and the bones in their mouth and their mandible is still forming and most capable of being proactively influenced. Without the help of modern-day orthodontics, these kind things are purely hereditary and like many parts of our bodies, they may not be perfect. Those who have teeth that grow in naturally straight and do not have any problems with the way their upper and bottom jaw come together are lucky, because it happens less often than one might think. People have desired straight teeth for thousands of years, even the ancient Egyptians made efforts to make their smiles more aesthetically pleasing, archeological studies have shown. It turns out that their methods were not that much different from those that we used up until the mid-1900s.
It is a lot easier to deal with a problem before it actually becomes a problem; this statement is definitely true when referring to orthodontics. Kids as early as grade school get braces installed after their family dentists refer them to an orthodontist and they deem that they are ready. The earlier the better because before teeth even have an opportunity to grow in out of line, they can be guided into place and the bones around them can be encouraged to do the same. Retainers are sometimes used before braces in a proactive effort to possibly avoid the need for braces because with the ridgelines and the roof of one’s mouth forms properly, there is a much better chance that the person’s teeth are going to follow suit. Retainers are often used after braces have been administered and removed in order t make sure that newly aligned teeth stay that way by providing guidance for them and the bones in one’s mouth to fully adjust in the aftermath. Usually, when a retainer is required the patient is instructed to wear it at night for a specified amount of time and sometime they are told to wear it during the day as well.
Braces have evolved considerably since the inception of bracket design in the late 1930s. Brackets that were designed to attach to the front of the metal bands that were customarily fashioned around individual teeth have turned into self-litigating brackets that can be adhered directly to the tooth. Dental adhesive is responsible for this particular advancement and ever since orthodontists have had the ability to glue them to their patient’s teeth, the process has become less tedious and a lot more comfortable for the orthodontic patient. The bands that were used until the 1970s often caused cavities because food particles could often get between the bands and the teeth and cause tooth decay. The dental adhesive that took years to perfect so that it could be applied safely and effectively provides an impenetrable layer between the bracket and the tooth so that there is no chance of any pockets forming where tooth decay can wreak any havoc whatsoever. Brackets began being made out of stainless steel in the 1950s when the metal bands were still being used for braces but soon after, brackets designed out of hard, transparent plastic and also ceramic began to be experimented with.
Once the dental adhesive was properly formulated and put into practice, stainless steel brackets became extremely common and they continue to be even today. Adults who did not receive braces when they were growing up but require them later in life often choose to go with brackets that are a little more discreet that are made out of plastic or ceramic. Kids braces are typically applied using the traditional stainless steel because they are so common among children that it does not often make any sense to use a material that may be more expensive and often requires more maintenance because it is not as durable. In the case of an adult though, they normally take better care of their oral appliances because they have learned to be more responsible and they know that they are the ones who will be paying for any additional maintenance that is required as opposed to their parents. Some orthodontists even have specialized training where they can apply the brackets and wiring to the interior surface of their patient’s teeth to completely hide them from view. Whatever the case may be, one should be able to find an orthodontist who provides an option that is going to work, no matter how what their situation is.