Orthodontic care for the whole family.
Whether you’re 7 or 77, we have you covered! For teens, wearing braces is a part of life, and more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smiles. From early evaluations for little ones to various adult treatment options we offer the best result with the least amount of time and expense.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time, an orthodontist can evaluate tooth alignment for treatment.
By age 12, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, which is when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected.
More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile and also prevent tooth decay or other issues.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners.
Ceramic & Traditional Braces
Braces are wire-based appliances used by orthodontics to straighten teeth or correct other alignment issues.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. If you missed early screening, it’s OK! Our patients are kids, adolescents and parents. Our doctors would love to visit with you anytime to answer questions and provide information about the best health care path for you.
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When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any time in life, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances of an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for un-erupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Am I a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic services improve bad bites, called malocclusions, which occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
- Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
- Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you may be wondering if braces are right for your child. You may have many questions about braces, such as how much they cost and how long they will need to wear them. Here is some information that can answer all of your questions about braces:
How much do braces cost? Braces typically cost between $3,000 and $7,000. However, there are many ways to reduce this cost. Some insurance companies cover a portion of the expense, and many orthodontists offer payment plans or discounts for families who pay in full upfront.
How long do braces need to be worn? The average time that someone wears braces is 18 months to 2 years. However, this varies depending on each individual’s needs. Your orthodontist will be able to give you an estimate of how long your child will need to wear them after examining their teeth.