There are a number of orthodontic conditions that are much easier to correct, and that can prevent further issues down the road, if they are found and treated at an early age. During your child’s orthodontic consultation we are able to determine if any type of orthodontic treatment or intervention is needed now, or if your child will benefit from waiting until they are a bit older. These treatments, which are done while your child still has most of their primary teeth, are referred to as “Phase I” treatment. They are unique and designed to help correct issues and help to guide the future growth and development of your child’s smile.
Orthodontics for Teens
In the majority of situations, orthodontic treatment is started between the ages of 12 and 16 because most of the permanent teeth (aka “adult” teeth) have come in by this time. Issues with alignment and bite, as well as crowding and gaps are easily detected at this time. Also, at this point in time, many kids are anxious and ready to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes. Our orthodontic treatment can help correct serious dental issues and restore your child’s smile and self-confidence.
Orthodontics for Adults
Many adults don’t realize that braces and other types of orthodontic treatments are not just for kids and adolescents. Many adults and even seniors enjoy the benefits of a beautifully aligned smile provided by orthodontic treatment.
In many situations, adult orthodontic treatment is not just about the aesthetics or benefits of having straight, properly aligned teeth. Straight teeth also indicate a jaw that is aligned properly, and a healthier smile. Teeth that are in proper alignment are much easier to clean and, as a result, have fewer instances of dental issues and cavities. Also, when jaw alignment is provided, it can help to eliminate cases of teeth grinding and TMJ disorder.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments We Offer
The orthodontic treatment that is right for you may not be right for someone else. As a result, we offer an variety of treatment options to consider. You can work with your orthodontist to determine the treatment that best suits your particular needs. Some of the most popular options include:
- Braces: Braces are the most common treatment option for kids, teens, and young adults.
- Invisalign: This is one of the most popular treatment options for adults and older teens. Invisalign uses aligners that are removable and virtually invisible.
- Retainers: Over time, teeth can shift from their new positions. This is why retainers are necessary. Retainers are a part of any successful orthodontic treatment.
Is Orthodontic Treatment Right for You?
This is a serious question and one that requires quite a bit of thought. If you are on the fence about orthodontic treatment for you or your children, schedule a free consultation today. We can evaluate you or your child’s oral health and any issues that may be present or developing in the foreseeable future. We will work with you to determine a treatment plan that will give you the smile you’ve always want.
Ready to learn more about orthodontic treatment? Contact us today.