The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children age 7 or older be evaluated for the best treatment planning of their orthodontic needs. When severity of crowding, bite discrepancies or habits like thumb sucking are present, treatment often needs to be divided into two phases. One phase usually lasting a year in the age range of 7-10 and a second phase upon the eruption of all of the permanent teeth. When a child has a significant concern about the appearance of their upper front teeth, phase one treatment is an option to address the concern without having to wait until junior high school for a correction.
Braces for all ages:
More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. In fact, about 30 percent of our patients are adults!
Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the appearance of your smile, but improve the health of your teeth and gums as well. By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adolescent/adult you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD pain.
By following the instructions provided by your orthodontist, you not only increase your chances for better results, but could also shorten your treatment time as well.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position the Dr. has prescribed. You’ll visit our office about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 20 and 35, but both will vary from case to case.