Children’s Orthodontic Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that children begin orthodontic treatment at the age of seven, while this is not a hard and fast rule.
Most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth by this age, making it simpler for the orthodontist to evaluate and fix dental and jaw issues earlier and without surgery.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
It may be difficult for parents to determine whether or not their child requires orthodontic treatment.
If you see any of the following symptoms in your child, it may be time to take them to an orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- 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
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
For an orthodontic evaluation, please call our clinic. Your child’s future smile will be full of health and beauty if you begin therapy now.
Orthodontics for Teenagers
Everything you ever wanted to know about orthodontics is here!
“YOU HAVE TO GET BRACES!” is the phrase that every adolescent dreads hearing.
Braces! What are your options at this point?
There’s nothing to be concerned about! You shouldn’t be afraid of getting braces. To put it another way, the wide range of braces on the market now makes wearing them more fun and less of a hassle than in the past.
Exactly how long will I have to wear my braces?
The time it takes to straighten your teeth with braces is mostly determined by the following factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment enables orthodontists to keep track of a child’s jaw development and provide recommendations for further orthodontic treatment as needed. Early orthodontic treatment is not for everyone; in certain situations, a patient may be advised to postpone treatment.
- What needs correction — The quantity of therapy required to remedy a condition will influence the length of time it takes to repair it. Depending on the patient, therapy might have a distinct effect. While one patient may finish therapy in only 12 months, another patient may need 24 months of treatment. A patient’s recovery period and the amount of work required to get the stunning smile they want will both factor into their treatment plan.
- YOU! — YOU, at the helm! The amount of time it takes to finish your orthodontic treatment is heavily influenced by your desire to utilize the braces your orthodontist provides you with. Keep in mind that caring for your braces and other orthodontic equipment will enable you to complete your treatment faster.
You may choose from a wide range of braces at our office. Among the most popular choices are:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
Orthodontic braces are a common feature in the lives of many individuals your age. Braces may have had a poor image in the past, but today’s braces make it easier to look and feel wonderful! To arrange a follow-up appointment, please get in touch with our office.
Orthodontic therapy is no longer exclusive to children and adolescents. One in five orthodontic patients is beyond the age of 21, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Adults are seeking therapy for a variety of reasons, two of the most common being a desire to improve their health and beauty. Adults all around the world are taking advantage of the chance to get orthodontic treatment, and now you may as well.
Orthodontic treatment is often sought out by adults for a variety of reasons:
- 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
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many individuals, the notion of wearing metal braces is enough to deter them from getting orthodontic care. As a result, there are now several solutions for orthodontic treatment that are both pleasant and beautiful. Braces come in a variety of shapes and sizes
- 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:
When treating adults or children and teenagers, it is important to keep in mind that the jawbones in younger patients are still growing. Orthognathic surgery to realign the jawbones may be an option for people whose bones have stopped developing. Among the other variations, we find:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — When treating adults or children and teenagers, it is important to keep in mind that the jawbones in younger patients are still growing. Orthognathic surgery to realign the jawbones may be an option for people whose bones have stopped developing. Among the other variations, we find:
- Worn or missing teeth — Due to gingivitis or severe periodontal disease, adults are more susceptible to gum recession or bone loss than children. Gum disease is less common in those who have straighter teeth
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — When teeth wear down or are missing, they might move into new positions that can only be rectified through orthodontic treatment. If one or more teeth are missing, the rest of the teeth will move and tilt, increasing the risk of gum disease and a terrible bite.
Many individuals had some orthodontic treatment as a child or as an adolescent, but they never finished their treatment. This is a common problem. When they are adults, they decide to continue their orthodontic treatment to acquire the healthy, attractive smile they had always wished for.
Adults and children need different levels of attention and care, which is something we take into account in our work. We’ll work with you to make sure you get the best care possible, and we’ll do all we can to meet your requirements.
What are the benefits of getting braces?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are correctly aligned are simpler to maintain clean with flossing and brushing and may help avoid other health concerns.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment may improve your self-esteem and give you the freedom to smile without inhibitions thanks to the benefits of a beautiful, straight smile.
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Leaving a mouth untreated may lead to long-term health problems, which might wind up costing you more in the long run.
You may learn more about the advantages of adult orthodontics by contacting our clinic. We are sensitive to your time constraints and will do all we can to make each appointment as convenient as possible.