It’s been a number of days since my last post… I guess I am still recovering from my experience at Cowboy Stadium with the likes of Rocket Ismail and Bill Bates, former Dallas Cowboy stars. Once again, it was a real treat for me to be invited to participate in the festivities. See my previous post for details.
Today I would like to discuss a topic that should have interest to all. I’d like to visit about, who really is a candidate for orthodontics and who is not. Statistics show that virtually 80% of the population need some sort of orthodontic treatment, whether it is through traditional braces, Invisalign, or some other sort of orthodontic procedure, while only a small percentage of those 80% are actually receiving care.
It is true that the orthodontic business has become more and more popular as techniques and mechanics have been enhanced over the years. The question becomes, “who is eligible to have orthodontic treatment and who is not?” The vast majority of orthodontic patients are still young pre-teens or teenagers. The reason? The age of pre-teens and teenagers is when natural maturing of the bones and facial structures is occurring and therefore orthodontics is a natural aid to guide and manipulate some of that growth into proper occlusion and profile for the face. Mother Nature has a strong hand in this process so the orthodontist works with Nature to maximize the benefits of what he/she has to work with. But orthodontics is not just for young kids. With Invisalign and other techniques available, more and more adults are patients of the orthodontist.
Good candidates for braces are individuals who have good oral hygiene and healthy gums and teeth. Therefore it is imperative that patients be seeing their general dentist on a regular basis.
Poor candidates are those individuals who do NOT have good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and whose gums are red, puffy, and may bleed when brushed or bumped. When calculus and tartar build-up are present, the teeth and gums are inhibited and therefore orthodontic procedures are compromised. A good cleaning is always preferred prior to orthodontic treatment and an “all systems go” from the general dentist can help in determining if you are a candidate or not for any orthodontic treatment, whether that be for regular braces or Invisalign treatment. For further information, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can answer any and all of your pertinent orthodontic questions or concerns.