The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7, and perhaps earlier if a an orthodontic concern is identified. Around age 7, the first adult molars typically erupt, helping to define a patient’s back bite and allowing the orthodontist to more effectively evaluate the bite. Treatment at this age may not be necessary, but orthodontic monitoring can help anticipate the ideal timeline for the most effective treatment and also help to prevent more serious problems in the future.
Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but to also improve a person’s bite. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusions, overbites, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other imperfections of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. Our experienced team will be happy to address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will work with you to provide an orthodontic plan that works for you!
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Invisalign® clear aligners offer effective treatment to straighten your child’s smile more comfortably and conveniently than other orthodontic treatments. A comfortable and affordable orthodontic solution, these custom clear aligners allow your child to enjoy life’s everyday comforts while undergoing orthodontic treatment..
For teens who desire more discreet orthodontic treatment, lingual braces provide an excellent solution. By placing the brackets on the back of your teeth, lingual braces offer a beautiful smile without everyone realizing you are wearing braces.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain the new smile and also allows for small adjustments if needed, once the braces have been removed.