An article in the January 2006 issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), says that braces are the best way to correct crooked teeth. Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry, which deals with crooked teeth is a great help in improving the "stability, function, and health of an individual's teeth."
"Orthodontics can make people feel better about themselves," said AGD spokesperson James G. Richeson, Jr., DDS, FAGD. "Many patients, prior to orthodontics, smile with their mouth closed, because they are self-conscious about their teeth, but after orthodontics, they usually smile naturally, showing off their new look." Dentists usually feel the need for orthodontics to improve the appearance of the patient, correct problems like crooked or crowded teeth and incorrect jaw position, besides disorders of the jaw joint. "By age 7, a child will have started to get adult molars in place, and the position of these and the primary teeth provide the child's general dentist with a good perspective of the development of the child's dentition and any need for orthodontics," said Dr. Richeson.
Contact: Jaclyn Finneke
Academy of General Dentistry
For more information visit http://www.agd.org/consumer/topics/orthodontics/braces.asp