When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an
optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment
at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount
of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists
recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur
at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age
7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary,
but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous
time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems
and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent
intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious
problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary,
an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development
and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing
the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate
front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example,
the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite,
open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases
the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
- creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- preserving space for unerupted teeth
- reducing the need for tooth removal
- reducing treatment time with braces.
Orthodontics are not merely for improving the aesthetics of
the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions).
Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment.
Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth
or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists,
untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems.
Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss,
which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding
teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites
can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites
can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smileóit
creates a healthier you.
arenít just for kids anymore. Teeth 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 Ė including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically
improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving
the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked
teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth
decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, even
headaches, and sometimes jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly
reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits,
shorten treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several
options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent
braces, and even transparent aligners that can be worn at night
to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine
the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During
this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan,
time of treatment expected, and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree
that itís never too late to improve their greatest asset - their