Previously, the use of braces was dominated by children, but now it is increasingly being used by adults. Are the benefits of braces the same among adult users and children?
Experts argue, it’s never too late to use braces at any age, as long as you need it. Braces technology has developed over the past 15 years in a smaller, lighter and more attractive appearance.
Braces are generally used to straighten rows of teeth that are not straight, too tight or protruding teeth, close the abnormal distance between teeth, and straighten between the upper teeth and lower teeth when the mouth closes or bites.
Fixing Tooth Position
Dental braces are performed by orthodontist specialists who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental irregularities. The mechanical process applied by braces is useful for improving the location of teeth and applies equally to all ages, both children and adults.
Generally, evaluation of orthodontic specialists begins when the child is seven years old. At this age, potential problems in the development of the jaw and teeth will be detected. Then regarding the ideal age to start orthodontic treatment with braces is when the child is still experiencing growth, around the age of 12 or 13 years.
The duration of use of braces in children varies. Depending on how they adapt to the braces worn and their growth too. Children will usually be asked to wear braces for around 1.5 years to 3 years. After that it will be advisable to wear a retainer, even if it is only one night a week, to keep the teeth flat.
Meanwhile, for adult braces users, more braces may be needed. The process will also generally take longer because the bones have stopped developing.
Besides being able to last longer, the use of braces for adults is also potentially more complex than in children for reasons such as:
- Adults are more likely to have problems such as inflammation of the gums or others. Periodontal disease that causes erosion of the gums or bones around the teeth has the potential to make braces installation in adults more difficult.
- It is more likely to have a change in tooth position or experience tooth loss in adulthood. This can affect the overall condition of the teeth in the mouth and disrupt the process of biting or triggering gum disease. With this more complex condition, the installation of braces in adults can be more difficult than in children.
- There is orthodontic treatment in adults which is carried out as a continuation of the treatment that is not completed when a child or teenager. Cases like this can be more difficult to handle than other cases.
Consider the Cost of Dental Braces
If the extraction of children and adult teeth have a quite different price difference, but generally the installation of braces between children and adults applies the same, which is around Rp 5-12 million. One distinguishing factor is the product or type of braces chosen by the patient.
Costs that must also be considered after installing braces are control to the dentist every month or depending on the condition of each patient. The costs required for routine control vary, depending on the hospital or the practice of the orthodontist.
If you are looking for more affordable orthodontic treatment costs, you can visit the Dental and Oral Hospital (RSGMP) which is generally under the auspices of the university. There you can get a variety of general and specialist dental services.
If you are considering wearing braces at an adult age, consult directly with an orthodontist. Although the use of braces at the age of children is better, but it’s never too late for those of you who want to straighten teeth in adulthood.