Although any age is a good time to receive orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. This enables an orthodontist to monitor growth patterns and correct problems sooner rather than later.
It’s worthwhile to visit a trained orthodontist for your care. Orthodontists have received extra years of specialty education and training in tooth movement, growth and development, and bite function. Our orthodontic specialists work closely with all our pediatric dentists, which allows us to provide high-quality comprehensive care.
When treatment is complete, your son or daughter will have an amazing, healthy smile, as well as the confidence to show it off! We want you and your youngster to feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire orthodontic experience, so our practice is dedicated to making sure all our patients receive the quality care they deserve.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Orthodontic appliances may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces move teeth slowly to the proper position.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on several factors, including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your child’s case is, treatment time varies and can last between one and three years. Receiving early treatment can also help ensure a quicker treatment time later on in life.
Another big factor in a successful treatment is your child’s cooperation. The more involved and diligent your son or daughter is, the quicker and more efficient the treatment will be.
Before beginning your child’s orthodontic care, our doctors will discuss all of the options and provide an estimate for how long full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, there is the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten the teeth like braces. Not only are they invisible, they are also removable, which allows your child to eat and drink without concern while in treatment.
Plus, this helps to make brushing and flossing less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and contain no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.