It is only natural for someone to want to look good because looking good usually equates to feeling good. Those living on this planet whom have the luxury of being able to care about how they look because they can either afford it or are a part of a family in a society where there is a high standard of living, are fortunate. Many parents who want the best for their children and have the financial means of making decision on their behalf that will benefit them as they grow into adults, more often than not decide to send them to the orthodontist for braces at an early age when their family dentist recommends it. This is the best time for someone to receive fixed straight wire appliances (braces) because their teeth have not grown in completely out of position yet so they can be gently coaxed into alignment with the right treatment.
Parents know that whether they personally had braces or not that this decision can determine the course of kid’s life to a certain extent. Those who grow up in healthy environments where they get everything they need and never learn to second-guess themselves are usually confident people who carry themselves well and also exude positive energy. First impressions are important for many reasons but most do not realize how many decisions they make about people they meet on a sub-cognitive level, probably because they do not think about it. People naturally gravitate to those who have the ability to present themselves with confidence and seem to be comfortable in their own skin. Having straight teeth is a part of this equation for many but it is also important to understand that braces are not just for aesthetic appeal.
It is never too late for braces and those who require them for health reasons later in life most certainly wish that they would have had them during their childhood at some point in order to have avoided the issues that surfaced as a result of the matter not being handled proactively. Dental and gum disease, uneven wear of teeth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) and tension headaches are all afflictions that one can experience that could have been avoided had braces been applied previously. Anyone whose teeth are not coming in straight or have bites that are clearly misaligned should see an orthodontist in order to identify and deal with these issues before they cause problems later in their lives. Braces and the understanding now that wisdom teeth almost always cause problems if they are not proactively extracted can save someone from a lot of pain and discomfort in their lives in a literal and aesthetic sense.
Braces are purely beneficial in every way when one receives them as a child because they bring the smile into alignment and prevent a litany of potential health concerns that could surface later in life. They have become so common among children over the last four or five decades that there are not any social consequences they need to worry about. Adults are a different story though in terms of the social consequences aspect, because braces for adults are not near as common as they are with kids so they can be distracting. Adult orthodontics try to make the appearance of braces as discreet as possible and innovations in the orthodontics sphere with this aim have come into existence because of the fears that are common among adults regarding what other people think about when they encounter an adult wearing braces.
Before the special adhesive was perfected in the 1970s that attached self-litigating brackets to the front of patient’s teeth, braces were not what they are today. Thin, stainless steel bands used to be fashioned around the base of teeth individually in order to make it possible to control their movement. Archeological studies have found that the same idea was actually used thousands of years ago by ancient Egyptians as well because the presence of metal bands around individual teeth was discovered. So, it seems that human beings have appreciated and aspired to create ways to straighten teeth for thousands of years; it just took a very long time for technological advances and further understanding of adhesive bonds to develop before serious strides could be made with regard to aligning teeth and jaws with any amount of convenience and precision. Most people can only imagine how tedious and uncomfortable aligning teeth must have been before dental adhesive and brackets became viable, but those who went through it can most definitely appreciate the new and improved materials and methods in comparison.