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Candidates for Braces

Candidates for Braces

Many people have bite irregularities, and most are candidates for orthodontic care to correct those issues. On top of a better-looking smile, patients who get braces can look forward to healthier teeth and gums, as well as lower risks of tooth loss. Below is a look at candidacy for braces, including different types of treatments.

Overall Orthodontic Candidacy

A majority of individuals in every age group can receive braces. Treatment is often recommended early in life, such as during childhood or adolescence, for the fastest results and strongest enhancement of natural development. While the teeth and jaws of adults can take longer to correct, the results look equally impressive and are just as permanent as the improvements kids receive.

Candidates for Different Types of Braces

Metal braces are, without a doubt, available to the widest range of patients, as they can correct the greatest variety of bite irregularities. Ceramic and lingual braces are similar to metal braces in this regard, but their candidacy criteria are slightly more limited. Because ceramic braces are more fragile and prone to stains, they may not be the best option for every patient. Lingual braces, which go behind the teeth, are not feasible for some patients with severe over- or underbite. Invisalign, which uses clear plastic aligners, is the most restrictive in terms of candidacy. Invisalign is not available for kids, and the treatment cannot resolve a few specific types of bite problems.

Our braces dentist provides several options to patients interested in straightening their teeth. By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders, patients can find out about their candidacy for braces.

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