Some people are lucky from day one with their teeth, and others not. Genetics, more than anything else, determine whether someone will require teeth straightening at some point; it is pretty much a roll of the dice as to whether a baby will develop straight or crooked teeth, and their habits influence this as well. Bottles, pacifiers and other objects that babies play with in their mouth can all have a bearing on their future dental situation.
Genetics are not the only driving factor; missing teeth, or baby teeth which never fully develop and deformed teeth can have a bearing on how adjacent teeth develop and the position in which they settle. And even something as innocuous as a slip and fall, a miscalculated skateboard trick or a bar-room brawl can leave people with their teeth needing straightening or repositioning.
Typically, Orthodontists mainstay as a tool to straighten or move teeth has been braces. This time-tested and proven metallic hardware solution has been used on mass scale since the 70s; and slowly it is being replaced by the latest revolutionary design Invisalign and other patented systems that use different sized/shaped mouth trays that slowly change the position of teeth.
Since both solutions, braces and mouth trays, require frequent visits to the Orthodontist for tightening or to have mouth trays switched out, few Dental Tourists will be seeking this treatment abroad. That said, some do, so it is imperative to establish with your Orthodontist a solid Treatment Plan so that anticipated costs, including trips to Costa Rica, will be known ahead of time.
Most orthodontic Patients can expect their treatment to last from 6 to 18 months. Worst case scenarios may require 2 full years of treatment. Most Patients achieve predictably great results. There are few downsides to the treatment other than cost, discomfort, and possibly some cavities that may develop due to difficulties in cleaning. Braces aren’t always the most flattering addition to a smile, but they are temporary and they do what they are intended to do.
Once teeth have been straightened or better aligned, Patients can seek additional Cosmetic Dental Care, if required or desired. Some spaces, gaps and imperfections can be masked with veneers; but it is often advisable to set a strong foundation that will ensure a functional bite for eating and chewing before focusing on esthetics, and orthodontics is the best way to get to that point.