Braces for All Ages
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require different levels of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and your needs are met with understanding, respect, and full commitment from us.
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to the orthodontist around age seven. Occasionally early treatment is recommended. Early treatment allows your orthodontist to correct and guide your child's jaw, create more space for crowded teeth, avoid the need for extractions later in life, and correct thumb-sucking and minor speech problems. There are a few things to watch for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist, such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or popping jaws. In most cases, orthodontic treatment is best started around age twelve when the permanent teeth are fully erupted and present.
Braces are no longer as scary as many teens may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors which makes life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past. There are many treatment options to choose from, including traditional metal and clear braces and in some instances, Invisalign. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you desire. Regardless of the type of braces you choose, it is important to avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods, as these may damage your braces and prolong your treatment time.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer 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.
Today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs, such as clear braces, self-ligating braces, and clear aligners. Remember, a straight smile isn't just beautiful; it will help you maintain the health of your teeth for life!