Braces and orthodontic treatments can transform your smile, jaw, bite, and even the shape and appearance of your face. They can correct issues like overbite, underbite, and other common tooth and jaw problems. They can also improve your confidence and make you feel great about your smile. Fortunately, there is never a wrong time to get braces. Whether you want more information for your child or are interested in adult braces and finally feeling confident in your smile, anytime is a good time to see the orthodontist.
While the American Association of Orthodontics recommends the first orthodontic screening by age seven, your child can begin seeing an orthodontist as soon as their permanent teeth begin to erupt. While the orthodontist may not recommend treatment this early, they can give you a better idea of when treatment should begin after your child’s initial consultation.
Early detection and screenings can make some orthodontic problems easier to correct. Depending on the type and severity of the problem, your child may benefit from a two-phase orthodontic treatment, which can make it easier to guide the teeth into place during treatment.
Orthodontic procedures can do more than just straighten the teeth; they can correct bad bite, improve chewing, and guide eruption of the emerging teeth. They can also assist with bad habits like thumb sucking, as well as jaw disproportions and blocked out teeth.
Visiting an orthodontist for a screening does not require you to proceed with treatment right away; you can think about your options until you and your child are ready. Twice a year, your orthodontist can continue monitoring the growth and development of your child’s teeth, jaws, and face until the time is right.
Treatments for Teens and Pre-teens
Braces are very common among teenage patients and many orthodontists believe the ideal time for the placement of braces is between eight and 14 years of age. At this time, the majority of the adult teeth have grown in and the head and mouth are still growing, so the teeth are more susceptible to straightening. The right treatment will vary based on a number of factors, such as the severity of the problem, so you will want to discuss which traditional and alternative forms of braces are right for your child with your orthodontist.
It is never too late to have the smile of your dreams. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. There are a range of treatment options available specifically for adults, including alternative options, such as Invisalign, which are removable and virtually undetectable, so you can feel confident even while wearing them.
Find Out About Your Options
If the cost of braces has discouraged you from seeking treatment, you may be surprised to find out how affordable they can be. There are also a range of insurance options, financial options, and payment plans available to help with the cost of treatment. Every patient is different, so contact Dunn Orthodontics for more information or to schedule your free orthodontic exam and consultation!