Orthodontic solutions for all ages!
Getting the necessary orthodontic treatment is important, no matter what age you are. We offer a wide selection of services from youth to adult to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Our experienced staff is committed to guiding you through your unique orthodontic journey with the individualized care you deserve.
Every child’s development is different and thus needs to be treated accordingly, but it’s important to recognize that early evaluation isn’t necessarily followed by early treatment. If orthodontic work isn’t needed, we simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until we see that it’s time for treatment to begin.
When Earlier Treatment Is Better
A few conditions are best to catch early on when your child’s natural growth processes are progressing quickly. Common conditions that are best to treat early include severe crossbite, severe crowding, and protruding teeth—especially in the front.
There are many good reasons why adolescence is the optimal time for orthodontic treatment. Namely, orthodontic problem become more challenging to treat as you get older. During adolescence the body is still growing rapidly which makes conditions easier to treat. When your orthodontic work is completed, you’ll have a confident smile, and benefits that will last your whole life.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
When you first come in, we will take pictures and x-ray images of your mouth, and possibly even a model of your bite. From there we’ll create a treatment plan to help you achieve your desired end result. We may recommend braces at that time, or that you use a specialized oral appliance.
No one is too old for braces—healthy teeth can be moved at any age. That being said, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: jaw growth and development is complete in adults, so changes can’t be made as easily. Secondly, gum disease is more common in adults than in children; it must be brought under control before orthodontic treatment starts. To maintain gum health, adults will need to have regular cleanings while keeping up good oral hygiene to get the best results.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
By employing light, constant force teeth are moved into proper alignment—this is the basis of all orthodontic equipment. Some of the newer, less visible orthodontic appliances have been designed to blend more easily into an adult’s personal and professional lifestyle to make orthodontics less of a self-image issue.