Young or old, child or adult —
if you think you need orthodontics, you probably do!
What Are Braces?
Basically, braces consist of small rectangular cleats, called brackets, that are bonded to your teeth. Each tooth has its own manufactured bracket specific to that tooth. Then, a special flexible wire is threaded through the cleats and tied in place. As the treatment progresses, stiffer wires are used and to gently guide your teeth to their most ideal position. Although the length of treatment varies for each case, the usual time is between 6 and 24 months.
- Straight teeth for even the most difficult of cases
- Enhances your smile, speech and chewing function
- Restores and maintains natural bite
- Increases self-confidence
In our office, we routinely monitor our patients for any possible orthodontic needs. Your child’s growth and development can be estimated so that treatment is begun at the best time. Many children start orthodontics between the ages of 10 and 12 if a bad bite or unaesthetic problem has been diagnosed. In some cases, even earlier treatment is advisable, sometimes as early as age 2 or 3. In this way, later in life, a serious and more complicated problem requiring surgery can be avoided.
Adults can also benefit from braces. Age is usually not a barrier at all. The main difference is that adults are not growing and their mouths must be periodontally healthy before straightening is done, whether with braces or clear aligners.
If you or a loved one think you need orthodontics, call today to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION with me to discuss your options.