Orthodontics for children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting a family orthodontist around age seven. Not everyone needs treatment at this age, and we may recommend simply monitoring their orthodontic situation as they age.
Early orthodontic treatment now will ensure your child has a healthy, beautiful smile in the future. Schedule an appointment for a free orthodontic evaluation today.
Orthodontics for teens
You’ve just heard the three words every teen dreads: “You need braces!” – What now? Braces aren’t nearly as scary as you may think. Braces today come in many styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people this age. While braces may have had a bad reputation before, today’s braces for teens make it easy to look and feel good with options like Invisalign®, clear braces, or metal braces with colored rubber bands!
Orthodontics for adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teens. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over 21. Many adults choose orthodontic treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health and want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
Whether for yourself or your child, here are just a few reasons to consider orthodontics:
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when you need it can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.