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  • My Child Has Braces, But Do I Need Adult Braces?

    Everyone wants to have a picture-perfect smile. The problem is knowing if and when you need to go to an orthodontist to help you achieve your goal. Orthodontic treatment may be considered an adolescent endeavor best undertaken early in life, but that is more of a perception than it is a reality. More than 20 percent of people in America being treated for orthodontic issues are actually adults. Dr. Milestone and the team at Milestone Orthodontics near Caldwell, NJ treat their adult patients successfully with a variety of adult braces treatment approaches.

    Orthodontic treatments not only improve your smile cosmetically, it also improves your overall dental health. Many people don’t realize this or they think orthodontics is simply for cosmetic purposes. Adult braces treatments with Dr. Milestone can improve your oral health and brighten your smile.

    Do I need to see an orthodontist?

    To help you get straight teeth and a healthy mouth, here are some tips from Dr. Milestone for knowing if and when you need an orthodontist near Caldwell, NJ.

    Malocclusion

    One indicator that you need adult braces is if you have a “malocclusion”, or something is affecting the alignment of your teeth. Orthodontists specialize in the alignment of teeth, and you need one if you want to straighten your teeth. Misalignment of teeth can come in many shapes and forms including gaping teeth, misaligned jaws, overcrowding, and more. Other than your teeth not being “ready for their close-up,” these issues could also be causing more serious health problems. Misaligned teeth affect your overall oral hygiene and health by making regular brushing and flossing more difficult. They also may be causing tooth decay or gum disease.

    Pain

    Another indicator that you might need adult braces is if you are experiencing pain in your mouth. Many times, painful orthodontic issues can be fixed by your orthodontist by using traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners, a retainer, or some other orthodontic technique. If you are an orthodontic patient, or if you are a candidate for treatment, and you are experiencing pain of any degree, Dr. Milestone says that you should see an orthodontist as soon as possible so the problem can be addressed and your pain can be relieved.

    Listen to Your Dentist

    If your dentist suggests you consult an orthodontist, take his or her advice. Dentists are usually the first ones to spot any problem areas in or around your teeth and mouth. While a dentist may notice these issues first, an orthodontist is needed to treat and correct the problem. Orthodontists are specialists in the alignment of teeth and are qualified more to fix any misalignment issues than dentists are.

    Schedule an Assessment

    Say you just want to check out how healthy your teeth and mouth are. It is never too soon or too late to schedule your first visit with Dr. Milestone and assess how your teeth are growing in or have grown in, if orthodontics is something to consider now or in the future, or if any other serious orthodontic problems might benefit from an early intervention.

    Whether you are considering cosmetic orthodontics, or if you are looking into orthodontic treatment with adult braces near Caldwell, NJ for better oral health, Dr. Milestone will improve and correct your smile at Milestone Orthodontics. To find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, to ask any questions, or to contact Milestone Orthodontics near Caldwell, NJ, call: 973.325.1777