Orthodontics for children– Just as your child’s first appointment to the dentist should occur around three, the first orthodontic consultation should take place around age seven. Early orthodontic treatment can help minimize the need for more treatment at a later date. It may also help the child’s self-esteem, a fragile asset that’s so important in growing up. Treating patients at the right time reduces the duration of a longer, more intensive treatment.
Here are some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Difficulty chewing or biting;
- Open-mouth breathing;
- Thumb and finger sucking;
- Overlapping or crowding of erupting permanent teeth;
- Jaws that click or pop; language problems;
- Teeth grinding
Orthodontics for teenagers-adults
Teenagers: Orthodontic treatment is most commonly started between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth have grown in by this time. Gaps, crowding, and issues with bite and alignment are easily detected by this time. Bone and jaw structure have sufficiently formed to allow orthodontic treatment to begin. Some kids and teens may have already begun Phase I treatment at an earlier age, and now may be the time to follow up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment. Teenagers want to get the most from life, to achieve their goals, their dreams. Every day their smile is there for the world to see. Confidence and positive self-esteem can help your teen be successful through their education, social and future career goals.
Adults: Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today. A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.