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Dental issues requiring orthodontic involvement—such as crooked teeth or an abnormal bite—usually develop between the ages of six and 12, making age eight to 14 the typical time frame to begin wearing braces. However, your dentist will notify you if and/or when you as an individual need braces.

The need for braces depends on the physical state of your mouth and your oral health. You shouldn’t get braces until all of your permanent teeth have erupted. If your permanent teeth grow in crowded, crooked or widely spaced, or if your jaw has developed in such a way that gives you an abnormal bite, your dentist will probably suggest that you try braces. The function of braces goes beyond having a beautiful smile (although that’s a definite perk). By correcting your teeth and jaw, you’re protecting your mouth from dental hazards like tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, enamel loss and TMJ disorders.

Braces aren’t for young people alone, so if you forewent braces as a child or teen, don’t assume your window of opportunity has closed. Orthodontic care among adults has been on the rise, and adult patients now make up 25 percent of orthodontic procedures. Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen of Beautiful New Smiles offers adult treatment for those over the age of 18 who still want their dream smile.

If you’re wondering whether your or your child need braces, don’t hesitate to contact us at 626-458-8898. During your first visit to our facility in Alhambra, California, Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen will discuss with you different treatment options, as well as the estimated duration of the treatment. Call us today to begin your journey to your best smile ever.