Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist at age seven. While most children will not need early treatment, a screening at age seven allows Dr. Anderson to monitor growth and development, helping to identify any problems that might arise and set the best time to begin treatment. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for Dr. Anderson to diagnose and correct certain tooth and jaw problems sooner. This can help prevent permanent tooth damage and the need for surgery later.
Early treatment allows Dr. Anderson to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in correctly
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Help prevent the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
- Prevent permanent damage to the teeth requiring expensive dental procedures
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs an orthodontic screening:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- 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
Please contact our practice to schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation so that your child can benefit from an early orthodontic screening. In many cases, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment — In general, patients that received early treatment will have a shorter treatment time in full appliances than if they had not had the benefit of early treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the best bite and smile possible.
- YOU! — The better you do wearing your orthodontic appliances as directed by Dr. Anderson the better things will look and the shorter your treatment time will be. For example, excessive broken appliances, poor brushing, or not wearing elastics can delay your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:
- Clear braces
- Self-Ligating braces
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear Aligners, such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Orthodontics is a big part of life and today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our practice to schedule a complimentary exam today.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is not just for teens. 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.
Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together and wear incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of orthodontic appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of orthodontic appliances include:
- Clear braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Clear aligners, such as Invisalign
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us. Some of these different needs may include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
- Growth — For adults, the jaw bones have stopped growing, which may mean alternative treatment plans may be needed for complete correction such as extraction, TADS, or orthognathic surgery.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule a complimentary exam. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.