While orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated early, even before all permanent teeth have erupted. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. To have a healthy smile that’s good for life, your child needs to have proper alignment, otherwise known as a healthy bite. Well-aligned teeth not only look and feel good, but are also very important to having good dental health. Not everyone will need orthodontic treatment, but it is important to get that check-up early so they can have the greatest chance for success if they do need treatment.
Adolescent and Adult Treatment
Healthy teeth can be moved & corrected regardless of age. Orthodontic forces move teeth in the same way whether for adults, adolescents or children. There are many options available, today’s appliances are smaller, less conspicuous and some are next-to-invisible. Orthodontic treatment can give you the confidence and pride that come with straight teeth and a great smile.
Types of Braces
Metal- these are the most common and familiar type of braces, made of high-grade stainless steel. These braces today are smaller and more comfortable. There are also a variety of fun, colorful elastic ties that go around the metal brackets for patients to choose at each adjustment appointment.
Ceramic- these are made of translucent materials that are most popular with adults due to cosmetic appeal. Their clear color makes them less noticeable than metal braces.
Clear Aligners- Aligner treatment is a technique that straightens your teeth using a series of clear removable aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. There is no metal or wires and they are easy to remove to eat and brush.
A retainer is an important part of your orthodontic treatment now that your braces have been removed. It is specially designed by your orthodontist to keep your teeth where your braces moved them. Wearing your retainer as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of your orthodontic treatment.