The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist around age seven. The reasons for this examination are as follows:
- 1. The posterior occlusion is established when the first molars erupt. At that time, one can evaluate the antero-posterior and transverse relationships of the occlusion, as well as discover any functional shifts or crossbites.
- 2. Incisors have begun to erupt and problems can be detected such as crowding, habits, deep bites, open bites and some jaw discrepancies.
- 3. For some, a timely evaluation will lead to significant treatment benefits; for others, the principal immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind.
- 4. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
- 5. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
- 6. Ping problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.
- 7. Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
- 8. Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:
- • Guide jaw growth
- • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- • Correct harmful oral habits
- • Improve appearance
- • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face
- 9. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
The teenage years (between the ages of 12 and 16) are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. That’s because by age 12, most, if not all, of your permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, so crooked teeth, gaps and “bad bites” can easily be detected. These problems rarely correct themselves, so this is when the majority of people seek orthodontic treatment.
Although many teens today wear braces, some teens may feel uncomfortable getting braces. Fortunately, we offer the smaller, less noticeable mini-metal braces and less noticable ceramic clear Braces. These high-tech braces are very different from the traditional “metal mouth” braces. They are not only more attractive, but they move teeth more efficiently, so you can get a sensational smile in less time, with less discomfort and better results than traditional metal braces.
It’s important to remember, that most people aren’t born with an attractive smile or a proper bite. Consequently, wearing braces is usually inevitable if you want to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Having a great smile will not only help you look better and feel better about yourself, studies have shown it can impact your personal and professional success throughout your lifetime.
Braces are not just for teens anymore. In fact, a third of our patients are adults. Some important reasons for correction of orthodontic problems in adults include the following:
- • Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
- • Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
- • Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
- • Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
- • Improves function of teeth•Improves self-confidence and self-esteem
- • Improves oral health