When most people
think of orthodontics, they think of teenagers. And the fact is,
most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14,
however, by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth.
Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging
teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That's important,
because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they're
these reasons, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends
that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.
While your child's teeth may appear to be straight, there could
be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the
check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine, and that can
be comforting news.
Even if a problem
is detected, we may not recommend immediate treatment. Chances are,
we will take a "wait-and-see" approach, checking on your
child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaws
and face continue to grow. For each patient who needs treatment,
there's an ideal time for treatment to begin in order to achieve
the best results. The orthodontist is the specialist who has the
knowledge to determine when the time is just right.
In some cases,
we might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. Early
treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing, and
may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
Typically, early treatment involves the use of orthodontic appliances,
which may be removable, to guide the growth of young bones and create
a better environment for adult teeth as they emerge. In some cases,
we will be able to achieve results that wouldn't be possible once
the face and jaws have finished growing. Early treatment gives us
the chance to:
- guide jaw
- lower the
risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- correct harmful
- improve appearance
- guide permanent
teeth into a more favorable position
- improve the
way lips meet
That the Bite's Not Right:
It's not always
easy to tell when your child has an orthodontic problem. Even teeth
that look straight may be hiding a problem bite, and that's why
it's important to take your child for that first orthodontic check-up
no later than age 7.
some clues that may indicate the need for orthodontic attention:
- Early or
late loss of baby teeth
in chewing or biting
through the mouth
misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that
are too far forward or back
- Biting the
cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Upper and
lower teeth that don't meet, or meet in an abnormal way
- An unbalanced
or clenching of the teeth
Investment With a Lifetime of Benefits.
addition to improving oral health, orthodontic treatment can provide
the confidence that comes with a healthy, attractive smile for years
to come. And you may be pleasantly surprised to find how affordable
such a great investment can be. We will work with you to arrive
at a payment plan that fits within your budget. In addition, many
dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits.
Dollar for dollar,
when you consider the lifetime benefits of orthodontic treatment,
it is truly a great value.
It's Never Too Late.
parent whose child is being treated will choose to correct his or
her bite at the same time. The fact is, braces can improve a person's
smile -- and confidence -- at almost any age. More and more adults
are turning to orthodontic treatment to correct a smile that's bothered
them most of their lives. With the help of your dentist and orthodontist,
you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. And with today's smaller,
less visible, more comfortable braces, plus the affordable payment
plans that we offer, adult patients are finding braces more appealing