The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children
see an orthodontist by age 7 to determine if and when orthodontic treatment is required. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by this time and cross-bites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is started 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. Early treatment can have dramatic effects that will simplify later treatment. Please contact us to set up a free consultation at a time and location that is convenient for you.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age; in fact, one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21!
Jaw surgery is sometimes required for adult patients because their jaws are no longer growing. Some adults may have experienced some breakdown of teeth or bones that support the teeth. Bone loss can limit the amount and direction of tooth movement, so some adult patients may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment.
Adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile - after all, your smile makes one of the most significant first impressions! For many adults, receiving orthodontic care improves their self-confidence. Please contact us to set up a free consultation at a time and location that is convenient for you.