Right Age for Orthodontic Care
It's better to build a child than to repair an adult. Early evaluation allows for timely detection of problems and provides a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. An orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal. Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Starting treatment at this time ensures the best result with the least amount of time and expense.
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Orthodontic treatment not only improves oral health and aesthetics but also contributes significantly to a person’s psychosocial development and self-esteem. Having a beautiful, confident smile during adolescence can have a positive and enduring effect that lasts a lifetime.
Braces aren't just for kids anymore. Teeth can be aligned at any age as long as your gums and bone structure are healthy. Orthodontic treatment later in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Having many new techniques and appliances, we can greatly reduce discomfort levels, the frequency of visits, treatment time, and often times allows you to choose from several options. Your options may include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign.
Our oldest patient, a 78-year-old widow, was asked why she wanted her teeth straightened. She responded: "If not now, when?"
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Orthodontics involves a lot more than simply improving the aesthetics of your smile; orthodontic treatment also improves malocclusions (bad bites), which occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and feel about your smile.