Braces have been around for thousands of years. They were first invented in the early 1800s and have changed dramatically since then. They're used to fix crooked teeth by straightening them to help you achieve that perfect straight smile, for life.
Apart from making your teeth look great, there's also many important functional reasons for straightening teeth:
- Crowded and crooked teeth are hard to clean which can, in turn, cause a range of problems in the future
- Too much space between the teeth, caused by the jaw being too big for the teeth or missing teeth
- If the upper and lower jaws are misaligned or there's an underbite or overbite
You could also consult a specialist orthodontist if you notice other problems such as difficulty chewing or biting, if your child complains of a clicking jaw, tooth grinding or clenching, speech difficulties and breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.