For Children & Adults
Orthodontics for Children
It’s best for children to be seen by an orthodontist by age seven to advise if early orthodontic treatment is required and determine the timing of treatment. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, possibly avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One out of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is sometimes required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth. Because of this periodontal treatment may be required before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.