Orthodontics (Braces)

Orthodontics (Braces)

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.  Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

With all of the recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier.  State-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires that are heat activated and require fewer adjustments!  Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires!

Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:

Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
Crowding – Involving extra teeth
Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
Disfiguring of the face & mouth
Jaw & jaw joint pain
Missing or extra teeth
Overjet (protruding upper teeth)
Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
Spacing between teeth .
Speech, chewing or biting problems
Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Specific to children:

Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.

Orthodontic treatment requires different phases which involves: design custom-made braces, adjust and following specific treatment and retention.Time will vary depending on each individual case.  The result will help straighten your teeth and giving you an appealing smile.