Your dentist may have discussed with you the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment. Crooked and crowded teeth are difficult to keep clean and care for. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing functionality, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain. Treatment by an orthodontist can actually cost less than the additional care needed to address dental problems arising from orthodontic problems. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self confident and self assured.
Braces for All Ages
Adults: Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every 5 orthodontic patients is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because jaws are fully grown. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown of loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.
Children: It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be reviewed. When treatment is started early, the growth of the jaw can be monitored and incoming permanent teeth can be guided. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper dental arch in order to gain additional space for permanent teeth thereby avoiding the need for extractions. This can also reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment considerably.
If your child is not ready for orthodontic treatment, he or she will be placed in our observation program. Regularly monitoring development enables us to begin orthodontic treatment at the optimal time. All examinations conducted during the eating program are complimentary. In addition to their age, growth, development and dentition, we also consider the following factors at each appointment:
Eruption sequence of permanent teeth
Growth coordination of the upper and lower jaws
Space availability for the permanent teeth
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