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Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner.

Why early evaluation is so important:

  • Allows your orthodontist to be involved early to help 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 if needed

  • Create more space for crowded teeth, so adult teeth can come in without getting stuck or delayed

  • Help correct thumb sucking and potentially help improve minor speech problem

 

What to look for to know if it’s time to see an orthodontist:

  • Recommendation from your dentist

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth

  • A hard time chewing or biting into foods

  • Mouth breathing

  • Sleep related issues/sleep apnea

  • Lip entrapment

  • Obvious tongue thrust/tongue tied/speech impediments

  • 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

Orthodontics for Teens

So, it’s finally time! Your teenager or soon to be needs braces. Full phase orthodontic treatment is typically indicated starting around age 12.

 

     What to expect  

Once you know that your teenager is ready for braces, there will surely be questions that your orthodontist will answer for you. Treatment typically consists of getting your braces (or aligners), and beginning routine adjustments which come in 4-6 week increments. Though treatment plans vary, 18 months is the average treatment length.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for adolescents. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

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Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:

  • Discomfort when biting, chewing or when the teeth come together

  • Over health of teeth including excessive wear, cracks or cavities

  • In conjunction with your dentist when having crowns, veneers, bridges, or other prosthetics done

  • Visual appearance of smile

 

Treatment options for adults

  • Clear braces

  • Ceramic braces

  • Self-ligating braces

  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces

  • Clear aligners

  • Traditional metal braces

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