When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to
begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are: •Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
•Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
•Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
•Preserving space for unerupted teeth
•Reducing the need for tooth removal
•Reducing treatment time with braces
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
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Braces aren‚t just for kids. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and
bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance, confidence, and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, ceramic braces or transparent aligners that can be worn to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the consultation appointment, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this consultation visit, we can outline the treatment plan, estimated time of treatment and the cost.
Our adult patients agree that it‚s never too late to improve their greatest asset - their smile.
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Types of Braces
Metal Braces The most inexpensive type of braces foradults are the traditional, stainless-steel versions. Obviously, the drawback to wearing these is how visible they are. Metal braces hold a thin wire in place with rubber bands to put pressure on the teeth and move them to the desired place.
Metal braces can irritate gums and cheeks at first. Once you have them on, you have to watch what you eat, avoiding things that can stick to the braces, such as caramel or gum. You also have to avoid eating hard food, which can move or dislodge the braces.
Ceramic braces cost more than stainless-steel versions, but they’re made to blend in with the teeth so they aren’t as visible. You can choose between clear elastic ties or white metal ties to hold the braces in place.
Though the braces themselves won’t stain, the ties can easily color, especially if you consume foods or drinks that typically stain teeth, such as coffee. Your orthodontist will replace the ties every time he or she adjusts the braces, which is usually every month.
Ceramic braces are more sensitive and can easily break or chip. They require more maintenance and more time to install than metal braces, which increases overall treatment time and cost.
Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, cost more than any other types of braces because they are practically invisible. These braces work best for people who don’t have significant teeth problems.
Instead of brackets mounted to the teeth, these braces are custom-fitted aligners (rubber trays) that you wear except when eating or brushing your teeth. The teeth straightening process requires you wear different aligners every two weeks to gradually move the teeth to the desired place.
These types of braces can be uncomfortable at first as the tray begins to put pressure on the teeth, but you get used to them. You must be disciplined because the success of these braces depends on you wearing the trays no less than 20 hours a day.
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment.
Your retainers are to be worn full-time (except when eating or brushing) for the first two months. Then, after the first two months of full-time wear, you may wear your retainer at night only. Retention is a life-long commitment. If you do not wear your retainer, there is a risk for relapse. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you‚ve put in so far. Remember, a beautiful smile is a life-long commitment.
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Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the
facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. Advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you
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