By William H. Peterson, D.M.D
August 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Wondering whether you should get braces in Clayton, MO?

When it comes to getting braces, our Clayton, MO, dentist, Dr. William Peterson, knows that you will most certainly have questions. You Adult-Bracesmay be wondering what the best orthodontic treatment option might be for your lifestyle or you may have questions about the treatment process. Here are the answers to some of the most popular questions regarding braces:


What is the purpose of orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics, or braces, is designed to fix crooked and misaligned teeth to improve both the overall appearance of your smile and your oral health.


What are the benefits of getting a straighter smile?

Along with a beautiful smile and restored confidence in your appearance, orthodontic treatment can also protect against,

  • Decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Damaged teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Trouble chewing or speaking


Who is a good candidate for braces?

Most people don’t have perfectly straight teeth so they can often benefit from getting orthodontic treatment. Braces can improve,

  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Gaps or spacing between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites
  • Open bites
  • Crowding


What are the different kinds of orthodontic treatment?

There are several options when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment in Clayton, MO. Popular options include,

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Traditional porcelain or ceramic braces
  • Clear aligners (e.g. Invisalign)

The type of braces that are right for you will depend on several factors including age, lifestyle, dental issues, and budget. This is something that our dentist can discuss with you during your consultation.


How long will I need to wear braces?

This will depend on the severity of dental issues you are dealing with. The average length of orthodontic treatment takes about 24 months but can also range from 18 to 30 months. Those dealing with very minor misalignments may get results in as little as 6 months.


Is it too late to get braces?

It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. While it’s a good idea to have your child come in for a consultation around the age of 7 to see if they could benefit from braces, this doesn’t mean that older teens and adults of all ages can’t also get braces.


Interested? Give us a call

It’s never too late to get a straighter smile! Call our Clayton dental practice today at (314) 727-4131 to schedule a consultation with our very own Dr. Peterson.