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Orthodontics for Children

It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age seven to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. 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, 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 very successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. In most cases, treating an adult is the same as treating a child.

At your consultation we will examine the teeth, gums and bone to determine if your dental health is adequate to start orthodontic treatment. In some cases enamel wear and bone loss may limit the amount of movement we can achieve.

Some adult patients may be apprehensive to wearing metal braces. We can discuss cosmetic options to make orthodontic treatment work for you.

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