When are braces needed?

Dr. Firoz Lalani

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Firoz Lalani

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Serious issues like crowding of teeth or teeth that have erupted in such a way that they have caused a speech impediment are a few examples of when it’s time for braces. And the growing importance that society places on image and beauty has caused an increase in the number of children and adults undergoing cosmetic dentistry.

Believe it or not, straight teeth can affect your candidacy for promotion or work in general. Studies have shown a correlation between a smile with whiter and straighter teeth and a better job with higher pay. Imperfect smiles in childhood often lead to ridicule from peers that may result in insecurities that last into adulthood. A nice smile is a factor in how the world perceives and treats you.

At this point you may be wondering, “do I need braces, or does my kid need braces?”. If that’s you, a good place to start would be to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist. It is also imperative for children to visit their dentist regularly so the signs that orthodontic intervention is needed are spotted as early as possible.

The best time to address orthodontic issues will vary from patient to patient, because some problems occur over time with habits, diet, oral hygiene or other issues while other problems may be hereditary. Typically, orthodontic treatment starts after the patient is between 8 to 14 years old after most of the permanent teeth are in place. That being said, it is never too late to address orthodontic issues.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to have the conversation with your dentist or orthodontist if you think you or your kids need braces. Nowadays, there are so many options available that are suitable for any lifestyle or budget. Traditional wire braces, ceramic lingual, and Invisalign all present different advantages and disadvantages that can be discussed.

Adental Care has four offices in the Houston, Texas area and we have an experienced team ready to assist you with your questions or concerns. Our consultations are free, so please contact us at any of our locations below.

Greenspoint Office


A Dental Care
165 Greens Road
Houston, TX 77060

Phone: 281-668-5869

Gulf Gate Office


A Dental Care
6888 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77087

Phone: 281-549-2793

Tidwell Office


A Dental Care
3301 Tidwell Road, Suite D
Houston, TX 77093

Phone: 281-394-0695

Union Dental Office


A Dental Care
4654 Highway 6 N, Suite 401
Houston, TX 77084

Phone: 281-549-2807

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