Who We Treat
What We Do
Early treatment may begin while a child has most of their baby teeth and only a few of their permanent teeth. This stage in development
is usually around age 9. The goal of early treatment is to intercept moderate or severe orthodontic problems early, in an effort to reduce
or eliminate them. These problems may include:
- Thumb and finger habits
- Congenitally missing teeth
Early treatment takes advantage of early growth and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. This helps reduce the need for extractions or surgery and delivers better long-term results.
The most common time for orthodontic treatment to begin is between the ages of 11 and 15. By age 12, most of the permanent teeth have erupted, exposing gaps and poor bites, among other issues. Problems uncovered during adolescence hardly ever correct themselves and this is when most parents are encouraged to seek out orthodontic advice. Pursuing orthodontic treatment at this time is suggested for two main reasons:
- Adolescents still experience growth spurts; Orthodontists can take advantage of these growth
spurts to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed.
- Often the negative associations with braces are not present in this age bracket.
Many of their peers will also have braces and they are socially acceptable.
More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the overall appearance of your smile, but also to improve the health of your teeth and gums. By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult you may avoid serious oral health problems, like:
- Severe tooth decay
- Gum and bone loss
- Irregular wear of the tooth enamel
- Jaw discomfort
Don’t ever feel like it’s too late to enhance your smile! We offer a selection of braces to meet the individual needs of our adult patients, including ceramic braces and clear aligners.