For many of our patients, we recommend treatment around ages 11-14, when all of the baby teeth are gone and many of the permanent teeth are in place. Sometimes there are conditions that are easier to treat when detected early as mentioned above during the initial evaluation at around 7 years of age. Your child’s natural growth processes are moving at full speed and the orthodontist is able to get results easier in these cases. Below are some examples where earlier treatment can really help the corrective process:

  • Severe Crossbite: A condition where the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. Your orthodontist will use a palatal expander to gradually and painlessly widen the upper jaw. Waiting too long complicates the treatment, many times causing the jaw to grow asymmetrical, even possibly creating a need for oral surgery – where one of the jaws is broken and moved into the correct position.
  • Severe Crowding: Crowding occurs when the jaws are too small to accommodate all of the adult teeth. Palatal expansion may be utilized to create space for the permanent teeth to emerge from below the gums properly. Even if braces are needed later, the treatment time will be less complicated and likely shorter.
  • Other problems, such as protruding teeth, which can lead to chipping and fractures can work against a child’s self-image. Even serious bite problems caused by the lower jaw growing much larger than the upper jaw are more easily corrected when treated early. This is especially important because the orthodontist can utilize appliances like braces and other appliances, that work well, instead of risky and often more painful surgery.

A lot of our patients come to us because they’ve started noticing some bite problems. Usually around age seven we start to get our first patients. Truly, the sooner the better as left untreated minor bite problems could cause significant problems later in life. Some can even be life threatening! Some of the most common bite problems include these:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowding
  • Crossbite
  • Excessive spacing

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To correct these issues so that they don’t become serious problems later, the teeth must be moved into their correct position within the mouth. Braces, appliances and aligners allow our Orthodontists to achieve that proper alignment as the teeth are not securely set in the bone. Nobody wants a crooked, crowded or misaligned smile. Trust one of our specialists with yours!

We’re living in the 21st century, and yet for many years teens only had the “metal mouth” option when it came to getting their teeth straightened. But now all that has changed! Today your orthodontist can offer your teen something really AWESOME! A system of clear, removable aligners made especially for teens called Invisalign Teen®! If you (or a teenager you know) are a candidate for this treatment, you might find it’s the best fit for your lifestyle: It lets you eat what you want, makes it easier to clean your teeth — and best of all, it’s virtually invisible.

What is a clear aligner? Basically, it’s a thin plastic covering or “tray” that fits over your top and/or bottom teeth. Here’s how they work: Each aligner is custom-made just for you, with the help of a computer program that takes into account exactly where your teeth are now, and how they need to be moved. You’ll wear each tray for one or two weeks or so, to shift your teeth slightly, and then you’ll go on to the next, which is slightly different. Over time, all of the small movements will add up to a big change!

A Clear Distinction

Your aligner is designed to be worn 22 hours a day, allowing you to take it off for meals or important social occasions. Yet even when you’re wearing it, it’s pretty hard for anyone else to tell it’s there — a big difference from metal braces! Plus, it offers other advantages that aren’t so easy to see.

With your aligners, you’ll find your teeth will be easier to clean. You simply take out your removable aligner and there’s nothing to keep you from brushing and flossing everywhere in your mouth, just as you would without appliances. Brushing and flossing can be much harder to do around the brackets and wires of traditional braces — and oral hygiene often suffers. You’ll love how easy this makes your life!

Some people also suffer irritation to the cheeks and gums from the metal parts of braces. Fortunately, the plastic of an aligner rarely causes that kind of problem. Your aligner is MUCH more comfortable! Plus, you won’t have to rush into the dental office to quickly fix a protruding wire or reattach a broken bracket. You won’t have to watch what you eat, either, because you’ll simply remove the aligner when it’s time to have a meal.

Now more than ever — both adults and teens — are finding that clear aligners suit their needs best. Are you one of them? Why not come in to our office and ask whether clear aligners could work for you? We can help you make the very best choice for your teeth!