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The need for braces depends on the physical state of your mouth and your oral health. 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.

Most brace-wearers first visit the orthodontist between the ages of eight and 14 to correct crooked teeth and abnormal bites. If your child is developing dental issues that could affect the quality of his or her teeth and gums, you should consult an orthodontist. Braces, aside from making your smile more appealing, also protect your mouth from serious dental hazards, such as tooth decay, gum disease, enamel loss and TMJ disorders.

Though braces are generally attributed to younger generations, you can get braces at any age. Dr. John R. Schouten of Uinta Orthodontics offers adult orthodontics for those over the age of 18 who still want their dream smile. Orthodontic care among adults has been on the rise in recent years, and adult patients now make up 25 percent of orthodontic procedures. If you have reservations about wearing braces in your adult years, ask about Invisalign®, a transparent and adjustable aligner.

If you’re wondering whether you or your child should get braces, don’t hesitate to contact us at (307) 789-8742 or visit our facility in Evanston, Wyoming. We want you and your family to be comfortable with your smiles.