Orthodontics for Children
While there is no set age at which children should begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children 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 direct your child’s jaw development to aid in the eruption of permanent teeth.
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Correct behaviors such as thumb sucking and a crooked tongue position to aid with minor speech issues.
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
It might not be simple for parents to tell whether their kid needs orthodontic treatment.
Here are several warning signs that your kid may need to consult an orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger, tongue, or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
To make an appointment for an orthodontic examination, please call our office. Early treatment can ensure that your child has a healthful, attractive smile in the future.
Orthodontics for Teens
Everything you need to know about braces, retainers, and orthodontics!
Braces! So, what’s next?
Don’t be concerned! Braces aren’t quite as frightening as they might seem. Braces are now available in a wide range of designs, materials, and colors, making living with braces more streamlined, more comfortable, and even more fashionable than it used to be.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The length of time it takes to straighten your teeth with braces is determined by three factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment enables orthodontists to track the development of the jaw and, if required, offer further orthodontic treatment. Early orthodontic treatment is not available to everyone; in certain situations, it may be suggested that a patient waits until later in life to begin treatment.
- What needs correction — The length of the procedure is determined by the quantity of treatment required to address a problem. Treatments have various effects on different patients. Therapy might take 12 months for one patient and 24 months for another. Treatment timeframes can vary depending on how fast your body reacts and how much work is required to get the show-stopping smile you want.
- YOU! — The amount of time it takes to finish your treatment is mostly determined by your desire to utilize the appliances provided by your orthodontist. Always remember to look for your braces and equipment; this will help you get through your treatment faster!
Braces Your Way!
Our office provides a wide range of braces, kinds, and styles from which to pick. Among the most prevalent choices are:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
For many individuals your age, orthodontic braces are an integral part of daily life. While braces used to have a negative connotation, today’s braces make it simple to look and feel terrific! To book your next orthodontic appointment, please call our office.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment isn’t only for teenagers anymore. One out of every five orthodontic patients is beyond the age of 21, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Many individuals seek orthodontic correction because they recognize the significance of preserving their health and wish to improve their looks. Adults all around the world are benefiting from orthodontic treatment, and you may now as well.
Adults may pursue orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons, including:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- A desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
The possibility of wearing metal braces could be enough to deter 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 requirements. The following are examples of braces:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
Adult orthodontics differs from pediatric and adolescent orthodontics in the following ways:
The key distinction to keep in mind while treating adults, children, and teenagers is that the jawbones of younger patients are still growing. Because these bones have finished developing in adults, 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 down or missing — Teeth may wear down and move into various positions over time, which can only be repaired through orthodontic treatment. Other teeth may move and tilt as a result of missing teeth, resulting in a poor bite and an increased risk of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many people began orthodontic treatment as a kid or a teen but never finished it. 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 need different levels of attention and care, which our approach understands. We will collaborate with you to ensure that you get the best therapies and that your requirements are handled with compassion and respect.
Why should you get braces?
Teeth that are correctly aligned are simpler to floss and brush and may help avoid other health concerns.
- A beautiful, straight smile boosts self-confidence — Orthodontic treatment may help raise your self-confidence, providing you a better standard of living and the ability to grin freely!
- Untreated mouths may deteriorate — Delaying orthodontic treatment might result in long-term health complications that will cost you more in the long run.
Please call our clinic to set up an appointment to learn more about the advantages of adult orthodontics. We recognize how hectic your schedule is, and we will work with you to make each office visit as convenient as possible.