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Benefits
There are many benefits to orthodontic treatment. It can enhance an individual's quality of life at any age.

A great smile can improve a person's self esteem and confidence.

Straight teeth are easier to care for, so it is likely you can prevent health problems in the future.

Orthodontics may also prevent problems sometimes
associated with a poor bite such as TMJ, headaches, speech impairment, and chipped teeth or loss of teeth due to dental injuries.

Timing
It is nice to observe and think about treatment options starting about age seven. Although there may be cases where early treatment is desirable, for most children the best time to begin orthodontic treatment is during the late mixed dentition. This is where there can be a few baby teeth still present, but anticipated to be lost in the next 12 months. Usually the late mixed dentition stage is around 11 years of age, but there can be quite a range between individuals.

If we get the chance to start at the optimal time, treatment can be easier and more effective for each person. That is why it is advantageous to see children over a period of time before the braces are actually started.

Types
Metal braces are the most common, and we find them to be most efficient and cost effective.

Clear brackets are available for additional cost. They are somewhat less effective, and the actual treatment time may increase.

Retainers
Straightened teeth can become crooked again, so upon completion of orthodontic treatment we use retainers to hold the teeth in alignment while the bone and gums remodel and adapt to the new position of the teeth.

We generally use a semi-permanent bonded lower retainer that hides on the back side of the teeth. The upper removable retainer has plastic on the roof of the mouth and a wire across the front. We prefer this combination of retainers as it allows the teeth to touch each other and settle in properly.

Orthodontics: Not Just For Braces
Many people think of braces when they hear the word orthodontist. But orthodontics is much more than that.

Orthodontists deal with a wide range of issues such as tooth grinding, speech difficulties, thumb sucking, bite problems, early or late loss of baby teeth, misalignment and much more. Problems can emerge throughout the lifespan and understanding when and how to correct problems is part of an orthodontist's professional expertise.

Some problems stem from behavioral issues, others are physiological. By and large, a person's health and self-esteem are greatly enhanced when both the mouth and teeth function appropriately. A proper bite is one of life's most essential needs. Without a good bite, it is difficult to speak clearly and to chew and digest food efficiently. Attaining the increased confidence to smile and speak up as a result of proper oral alignment can have huge positive effects on a person's success in life.

Certain orthodontic procedures are more effective in younger people before the face and jaw have completed formation. But many orthodontic procedures can occur at any age. Older adults who may not have had access to orthodontic treatment earlier in life still have time to enjoy the benefits of treatment once they learn their options and the positive effects that procedures can bring.

If you've been living with an oral issue or have children with emerging concerns, please give us a call for a consultation. We will be happy to provide you with a full range of options, recommended timelines for treatment, and cost estimates.



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