Adolescent Treatment

When to get braces?

Between the ages of 11 and 14 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By age 12, most, if not all, of the permanent teeth are in place and crooked teeth, gaps and problematic bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

Changes to the bite and jaw alignment are easier to fix while children are growing.  With severe jaw imbalances, if corrections are not made while growth is happening, then jaw surgery is needed.  This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment and this reduces any stigmas associated with braces.  

In addition to a beautiful new smile, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?

Braces have many advantages beyond just giving you a nice smile. They improve overall oral health by making it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy. They also help with jaw alignment, which can prevent tooth wear and gum problems, and may even reduce headaches or TMJ pain. Braces can improve your eating habits by allowing you to eat a wider variety of foods and can help with digestion. They also reduce the risk of dental injuries and wear, making your teeth last longer and reducing the need for dental breakdown or gum issues.

Is it necessary to continue visiting our family dentist while undergoing orthodontic treatment?

Maintaining your oral health during orthodontic treatment requires a collaborative effort between your orthodontist and family dentist. While orthodontists focus on aligning teeth and jaws, family dentists play a crucial role in ensuring overall oral well-being. Therefore, it’s crucial to continue your regular visits to the family dentist, typically every six months, even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Patients with braces and orthodontic appliances may find it a bit more challenging to maintain clean teeth and gums. These routine check-ups and cleanings by your family dentist are essential to prevent issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, ensuring your dental health remains at its best throughout your orthodontic journey

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