A large part of orthodontics is traditional brackets-and-wires braces. This tried and true method of straightening teeth and correcting jaw positioning has advanced over the years, but the basic idea remains the same. With steady pressure from the wires and other appliances, orthodontists can correct several problems. Beyond aesthetics, which are important, orthodontics can ease jaw pain, prevent teeth grinding, and properly align bone structure.
Our office provides basic orthodontic screenings and in many cases can help realign your smile with solutions like Invisalign (clear aligners) instead of traditional bracket-and-wire braces. In more extreme cases where brackets and wires are required, we can help you find what you need in the way of an orthodontic specialist that we trust.
Braces for All Ages
One of the biggest changes in orthodontics in recent years is that adults are becoming more accepting of them. While most still think of braces as being for kids, more and more adults are looking to traditional braces to correct issues that were overlooked earlier in their lives, or perhaps never addressed at all. Though options like Invisalign are great for a wide array of situations, they have their limitations. We can work with you to help provide guidance on what might work best for you. We also routinely consult with the area’s top orthodontic specialists to work together on treatment plans that will give you the best result possible.
When to Start Orthodontics
As a general dentistry practice, we often have parents asking when they should meet with an orthodontist for their children. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends initial screenings at age seven.
There are a couple of reasons for starting this young. First, orthodontists can identify potential problems sooner than if we wait until all the adult teeth are in place. Second, we can work with your child’s growth patterns, moving teeth more gently. Most orthodontists today use a phased treatment plan. In the first phase, patients will get any needed spacers, palatal expanders, or retainers to help prepare them for the braces. The brackets and wires are often not placed until phase two, when all or most of the adult teeth have erupted.
If you have an older child who has not been evaluated for ortho, don’t worry. Though orthodontists like to see kids around age seven, there’s no reason they can’t start their treatment later. If you have any questions or would like a referral to one of our trusted partners, please let us know.