For All Ages
Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from orthodontic treatment. While care may look a little different for each age group, no one is ever too old—and in many cases, not too young—to receive care. So, what should you know about orthodontic treatment at every age?
Orthodontics for Children
All children should see an orthodontist right around their seventh birthday. At this age, significant orthodontic problems should be evident, giving doctors the chance to correct them more easily than if they began treatment as a teenager. Early treatment can help children avoid jaw surgery, tooth extraction, and even larger appliances such as headgear. While most children will not need treatment until their teens, if they need it at all, all children should still be seen by an orthodontist.
Orthodontics for Teens
Teens are at the classic age for orthodontic treatment. Not only is their continued jaw growth good for getting results in minimal time, but there is a social element to treatment. As many of their peers will also have braces, it makes it normal, and even something to bond over. We offer many different styles of braces to our teen patients, making it easy for them to find one that is suited to their wants and needs.
Orthodontics for Adults
In the past, adults tended to shy away from orthodontic treatment, even when it was needed for their health and wellbeing. Now, many adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, with one-fifth of all orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Why do adults now seek treatment when they didn’t in the past? It mostly comes down to new forms of treatment that are more discreet, making adults feel comfortable correcting their smile. While adult treatment can be more complicated due to gum disease, bone loss, and tooth loss, it is still possible for most.
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