For All Ages
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no set age at which you should begin orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children should see an orthodontist around the age of seven.
Most children have a mixture of baby and adult teeth by this age, making it simpler for an orthodontist to evaluate and treat dental and jaw issues earlier and without surgery.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide your child’s jaw development to aid in the eruption of permanent teeth
- Adjust the top and lower arches’ widths
- Increase the amount of space available for crowded teeth
- Avoid permanent teeth extractions
- Address thumb sucking and assist with mild speech issues
It’s not always easy for parents to tell if their child needs orthodontic treatment.
Here are some initial symptoms that show your child may need to consult an orthodontist:
- Loss of baby teeth too early or late in life
- Difficulty in chewing or eating
- Breathing through mouth
- Sucking one’s finger or thumb
- Teeth that are crowded, crooked, or obstructed
- Difficulty in closing and opening jaw
- Teeth that do not come together properly
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportional to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around the age of seven or eight
To book an orthodontic evaluation, please call our office. Your child will have a healthy, attractive smile in the future if they receive early treatment.
Orthodontics for Teens
Everything you need to know about braces, retainers, and orthodontics!
Among the three most dreaded words a teen could hear, “You need braces” has to be among the top 5!
Great, I’ll Have to Wear Braces! What’s next?
Don’t be afraid! Braces aren’t quite as frightening as you would believe. Because braces are now available in a wide range of designs, materials, and colors, making life with braces easier, more comfortable, and even more fashionable than it was.
How long will I have to wear braces?
To answer this, we’ll first have to consider three important factors:
- Early Treatment – Early treatment makes it easier for orthodontists to track your jaw’s growth and offer additional orthodontic treatment if required. Not everyone undergoes early orthodontic treatment; in some situations, a patient may be advised to actually wait.
What Has to Be Fixed – The length of time it takes to fix an issue is determined by the quantity of care required. Patients respond to treatment in different ways. While one patient’s treatment may take only 12 months to complete, another patient’s treatment may take 24 months. Treatment timeframes will differ depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is required to achieve the show-stopping smile you desire.
- Patient Response – Each case is different and each body responds differently to the introduced treatment plan. We may change or mix things up as we go along the way keeping patient response in mind. Your cooperation and willingness to follow your orthodontist’s instructions also affect the total treatment turnaround.
The Many Varieties of Braces We Offer!
With so many medical advances in the field of orthodontics, you’re no longer stuck with the same choice. We offer:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
For many people your age, orthodontic braces are an important part of life. While braces once had a poor rep, today’s braces make it look and feel great! To book your next orthodontic checkup, please call our office.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic care isn’t exclusively for teenagers anymore. One in every five orthodontic patients, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, is above the age of 21. Many individuals choose to take treatment because they recognize the importance of their health and want to improve their looks. Adults all across the world are benefiting from orthodontic treatment, and now you can as well.
Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite, also known as malocclusion, occurs when teeth do not fit together properly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced too far apart, which can lead to tooth decay and gum diseases
- Jaw discomfort or pressure caused by misaligned teeth
- A desire for a more confident smile and a healthier mouth
Treatment options for adults
The idea of wearing metal braces is enough to avert many individuals from seeking treatment. Today’s orthodontic treatment choices, on the other hand, include a wide range of braces and appliances that are both pleasant and attractive, as well as suited to your specific needs. The following are some examples of braces you can choose:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
The primary difference between orthodontic treatment for adults, children, and teenagers is that the jawbones of younger patients are still growing. Whereas these bones have finished developing in adults, hence orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones may be necessary. Other distinctions include:
- Gum recession or even bone loss (periodontal disease) — Gum recession or even bone loss is more common in adults than in children owing to gingivitis or severe periodontal disease. Gum disease is less frequent in those who have straighter teeth.
- Teeth that are worn out or missing — Teeth can wear out and move into different positions over time, which can only be repaired through orthodontic treatment. Other teeth may move and tilt as well, resulting in a poor bite and an increased risk of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen – Many adults began orthodontic treatment as a kid or a teen but never finished it. Later, they decide to finish their orthodontic treatment as adults to get the healthy, attractive smile they’ve always desired.
Adults and children have distinct needs and require different levels of attention and care, which our approach understands. We’ll work with you to make sure you get the best care possible and that your requirements are handled with empathy and respect on our part.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth – teeth that are correctly aligned are easy to floss and brush, and they may help avoid other health issues as well.
- Get your confidence back – Orthodontic treatment can help enhance your self-confidence, providing you with a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Untreated mouths can deteriorate – Delaying orthodontic treatment when it is required might result in long-term health concerns that will cost you more in the long run.
Please call our office to make an appointment to learn more about the advantages of adult orthodontics. We recognize that you have a hectic schedule, and we will do all we can to make each office visit as convenient as possible.