The other questions about braces got me thinking. My stepson is seventeen. He has a few crooked teeth but doesn't really seem to care about the way they look. He hates dentists with a flaming passion and usually has to be sedated for even minor procedures because of sensory issues that make it hard for him to tolerate being touched. His mom and dad and I have always kind of thought braces would be more of an ordeal for him than they'd be worth in the end.
So my question is, beyond asthetics, are there medical or health reasons to get your teeth straightened out? I had braces for four years as a teenager, and a retainer for nearly four more, at a cost of $3000, and my teeth shifted back to their original crookedness very quickly after I quit wearing the retainer. Is there any harm in waiting till adulthood to do braces instead of getting them in the teen years?
My husb is the baby of 9 children. They obviously could not afford to do something like that. Some of his siblings got braces as adults. I think if you consult with an orthodontist or his dentist since they know how he is about dental procedures, and see what they say. My oldest went thru the palatal expander & then braces. After all that, they wanted to break his jaw to align things properly. We told them to pound sand, the poor kid had been thru enough. You have to do what is best for your child & within your budget.
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