ortho 101

THE RIGHT AGE FOR BRACES

Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age, but that does not mean orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter.  In fact it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment.  Since no two patients are alike, there is not a specific age that is best to begin treatment.  Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can correct small problems before they become bigger problems. 

An early orthodontic examination does not always result in immediate treatment. After evaluating your child, we may simply want to monitor your child periodically while the permanent teeth erupt and the jaws and face continue to develop. One of our goals is to time treatment properly so it can be accomplished in a single phase. This helps to keep treatment as efficient as possible, thus reducing the overall costs to the patient.  Our initial exams are completed at no-charge and are the most sensible means to assure proper oral health.

ADULTS

For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor.  About 20-30% of orthodontic patients are adults. This trend is expected to continue as adults become increasingly aware of the benefits of modern orthodontic therapy, including clear braces and INVISALIGN.  Many adults realize that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in changes for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. There is no age limit when it comes to having a beautiful smile!

YOUR FIRST VISIT

During your first visit, we evaluate many things relating to the face, the smile, the fit of the teeth and the amount of room for all of the teeth. This may include an x-ray and photos of your teeth.  You will find our examination process to be thorough and complete. Cosmetic and functional goals are tailored to the specific needs of each patient. All findings and recommendations will be explained to you in understandable terms and all of your questions will be answered. We will also review your financial options and applicable insurance coverage in detail prior to the beginning of treatment.

If a patient is still developing and is not yet ready for treatment, we will recommend the patient be placed into an observation phase where we will follow growth and development to determine the appropriate time for treatment.  We want our patients to be comfortable with their treatment plan and our office. Your first appointment is focused on providing you with all the information necessary to make a well-educated decision on what is best for you or your child.