When to Begin

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When to Begin

Good news! Braces aren't just for kids anymore! Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups according to your personal needs and goals - including adults. An improved appearance through orthodontic treatment can greatly enhance a person's self-esteem, young or old. Greater self-esteem can improve one's quality of life and create new opportunities both personally and professionally. We welcome the opportunity to create your new, beautiful, confident smile!

What are the benefits of early orthodontic 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 considered 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 for an incredible smile.

Is your dentist a specialist?

An orthodontist is someone who has completed additional, intensive training after completing dental school. This training requires clinical patient care, academic study and often research during a two-to-three year residency program at a large university or hospital. All of our doctors are specialists and have earned the title of orthodontist.

Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, which means they specialize in orthodontic treatment only. They diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontic specialist.

Why should malocclusions be treated?

According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions (bad bites) 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. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you!