Orthodontics at Every Age

Orthodontics at Every Age

Orthodontics for Children

At age seven, most children have enough permanent teeth that all bite relationships are established. That makes it the ideal age for most children to see an orthodontist for the first time. Most kids who are seen at this age will be told all is well and to come back around age 11. A small number will be told there are significant issues that would benefit from treatment more around age eight or nine.

Signs a Child Might Need Early Orthodontic Treatment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Abnormal chewing
  • Difficulty biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking after the teeth have come in
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding or recessed teeth
  • Teeth that come together abnormally or not at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when opening or closing the mouth
  • Crowded front teeth

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment

  • Guidance of jaw growth so the permanent teeth emerge straight
  • Regulation of jaw arch width
  • Creation of space for crowded teeth
  • Elimination of the need for tooth extraction and jaw surgery later in life
  • Improve the ability to chew, speak, and breath

Please contact us to schedule a consultation for your child to receive their early evaluation.

Orthodontics for Teens

So, like many other teens, your child needs braces. Don’t worry; it won’t be as bad as they likely think. Braces come in many materials, styles, and colors—including those that are fully invisible. Most teens need about 22 months of treatment, though some may be in braces for as little as six months.

Things That Determine Treatment Length

  • If your child received early treatment as a child
  • What problems need to be corrected
  • How severe the issues are
  • How well your child cares for their appliance and follows our directions

Types of Braces for Teens

Teens are more than welcome to embrace traditional metal braces, but they have lots of options. These include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Aligners
  • Wild Smiles brackets
  • And more!

To discover which treatments would benefit your teen, schedule a consultation.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment: it’s not just for teens. In fact, it never has been. Now more than ever before, adults are getting orthodontic treatment, with about 1/5th of all patients before over the age of 21. If you are unhappy with the look or function of your smile, now is the time to make a change.

Reasons Adults Consider Orthodontic Treatment

  • Jaws coming together incorrectly
  • The top and bottom teeth not fitting together
  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaced teeth
  • Dental health problems, like gum disease and tooth decay
  • Jaw pain
  • Desire to look better

Treatment Options for Adults

Adults do not need to wear traditional metal braces. Alternatives include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Aligners
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual braces

Complications of Adult Orthodontic Treatment

While adults can get orthodontic care, sometimes there are complications not present in children and teens. These include:

  • Gone loss
  • Gum disease
  • Worn teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen

If you are an adult and want to improve your smile, schedule a consultation today.