Your Braces: Your Choice
Our practice offers kids, teens as well as adults a large variety of braces. We have a number of styles and types to select from. The choice includes the following:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisalign Teen®
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
Reasons For Getting Orthodontic Treatment
The biggest reason people come to us for treatment is to get great smiles that they can show off proudly. With orthodontic treatment, you can get teeth that are straight, healthy-looking and beautiful. More importantly, timely treatments may elevate any existing health issues that can end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems
Your child my need orthodontist care if:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Orthodontics for Teens
Teenagers are still growing, making teen years the perfect time to correct orthodontic issues and get great results in the process.
Braces! What now?
Braces are not as scary as you may think. In fact, braces come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors making life with braces easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until he or she is older to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete his or her treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. 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 expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatments can be just as helpful for adults as they are for kids and teens. As a result, an increasing number of adults are getting orthodontic treatment for better smiles. We understand that adults have unique needs of attention and care as well as treatment and work with our patients to ensure that they receive suitable care along with respect and commitment from all our staff.
There are several reasons why adults may need orthodontic treatment, including:
- Teeth that fit together badly, called malocclusion
- Teeth that are crowded together or too far apart
- Pain or pressure on the jaw due to crooked teeth
What Makes Adult Orthodontics Different?
In adults, the jawbones have already stopped growing meaning that there may be a need for surgery. Adults with crooked teeth are more likely to get gum diseases or experience bone loss because of gingivitis. As time passes, teeth can change positions and wear down. Only orthodontic treatments can help correct these problems.
Another reason that adults may need orthodontic care is because of treatments left incomplete during teen years. They choose, as adults, to finish what was started then to get them great smiles.
As your orthodontists, we believe in providing an extraordinary experience. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. We are looking forward to meeting you!