While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.
We hope our selection of before and after braces photos show you what can be achieved using fixed or removable braces. Not only can braces straighten your teeth, but they can change your whole face by widening the arch of your teeth for a broader, beautiful smile. Sometimes patients have braces to get their teeth into the best possible position for other treatments.
Early braces are occasionally done on year old patients in order to alleviate severe bone and tooth crowding situations. Early braces are also used to improve the cosmetics and self-esteem of a younger individual who may be subject to humiliation by classmates. The early protocol is typically 12 months of bone widening, tooth alignment and generating space for crowded adult teeth that may otherwise be extracted in the teenage years.
The choice of orthodontic appliances available today, including invisible braceshas meant more and more adults are opting for treatment for cosmetic reasons. At Share A Smile Orthodontics, we recommend our patients come in for a free consultation so we can assess your individual treatment needs and whether or not you can benefit from orthodontics. If you are interested in going ahead with treatment, photographs, impressions and all the necessary records will be taken.
Issues in Contemporary Orthodontics. Nowadays, orthodontic treatment for adults has been the faster growing area in dental practice. Adult patients are seeking treatment in order to improve their facial aesthetics and to have tooth repositioning, making restoration or replacement of teeth easier.
This is Kornelia, who needed to have her teeth corrected in order to smile with confidence. Only orthodontics was used to re-create her smile, no fillings, crowns or veneers were used. She is delighted with her new smile and now smiles like a Celebrity!
Here are some before and after pictures of Dr. You will see examples of bite correction, jaw alignment, and tooth straightening. The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports that an athlete is 60 times more likely have damage to their teeth if they are not wearing a mouthguard.
A common misconception is that braces are strictly just for kids, but we are here to prove otherwise. A beautiful smile can be unveiled at any point in your life. As long as your gums and bone structure are healthy, tooth alignment can be corrected at any age.
Below you will find frequently asked questions about adult orthodontic treatment. Can orthodontic treatment do for me what it does for children? Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
In the last few years there has been considerable interest in orthodontic treatment for the adult patient. Since an adult is defined as one who is fully grown, most males of 18 or 19 and most females of 16 can be considered as adults. The percentage of adult patients would therefore be somewhat higher than the figures shown above. Irving Glickman, the eminent periodontist, has often pointed out the need for orthodontic treatment for adult patients.