Braces And Other Corrective Orthodontic Equipment

1895 Words Nov 11th, 2015 8 Pages
Four million five hundred thousand people in the United States currently have braces or other corrective orthodontic equipment (Bren). Out of these millions of people, most of them will wear braces for about two years. (Keates). Two years of braces plastered on a person can lead to many problems. This orthodontic equipment can have disastrous results, especially on younger, impressionable children and teenagers. Braces serve as a cosmetic fix for children and others who were born with teeth that are not perfectly aligned. Constant worrying about braces for these millions of people can cause immediate complications and issues later on in life. Children and teenagers are receiving braces at such a young age that self-esteem issues and bullying can arise. They are also not cost effective, complications can result, and food restrictions can truly hinder a young person as a result. Although some say that braces can be essential for oral health, they are not necessary in a majority of our youth. Therefore, braces should be received later in life to avoid a wide-range of problems for simply a cosmetic fix. Because of these extensive problems, young people should not receive braces until they are old enough to make their own decisions. The most common problem that comes with possession of long term orthodontic equipment is self-esteem issues. Many parents hope that they can save their children from the anguish of braces, remembering their own traumatic experiences. Most try as…
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