For Children, Teens and Adults
Orthodontics for Children
The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that children should be screened for detection of possible orthodontic problems by age 7. If your child is 11-13 years old, this is not a problem because children can be evaluated and treated at any age.
When treatment begins prior to 10 years old there may be several outstanding benefits:
- Guiding growth of the jaw during development
- Guiding and regulating the width of upper and lower dental arches
- Gaining space for permanent teeth and in some cases, avoid extractions of permanent teeth
- Reduce the number of impacted permanent teeth
- Correct thumb-sucking and improve abnormal swallowing or speech
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Especially, adults can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile and the support and function of teeth fitting properly. In our practice, one of every five patients is over 21. Typically, you are never too old to initiate orthodontic treatment.
Adults may have previously experienced a breakdown or loss of their tooth structure due to traumatic injury or simply growing older. Occasionally, the bone or soft tissue structures around teeth may require periodontal treatment before, during and even after orthodontic treatment. On occasion, bone loss can limit the amount and direction of tooth movement. If you have questions, please ask and we will be delighted to provide information while discussing options and possible limitations.
On rare occasions jaw surgery may be suggested as an option for adult orthodontic treatment. However, major medical advancement continually provides more options and alternatives.
Remember, choosing to improve your future health depends on the choices you make today.