Child Orthodontics (early treatment)
Years ago, it was recommended that a patient wait until they had lost all of their baby teeth and most of their permanent teeth had erupted before starting braces. Over time, orthodontics has evolved to address issues that would be better treated at an earlier age.
As children develop and grow, they may show the beginning signs of bite problems, the jaws may be disproportionate in size or shape, or there may be excessive crowding of the teeth. Orthodontic appliances can be used to direct the growth of the upper and lower jaws, which would improve the relationship between the jaws, align and decrease crowding of the teeth, and create space for the eruption of permanent teeth.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. Does this mean that all young children need orthodontic treatment? Absolutely Not! We will recommend it in cases where it would provide the best possible benefit to the patient.
Early treatment will usually take 8 to 12 months to complete.
When a patient has completed their dental development and all of their permanent teeth have grown in, a full evaluation is recommended to determine the need for orthodontic treatment. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment usually includes upper and lower braces to fully align all of the permanent teeth and it may be combined with different appliances to accomplish proper correction of the bite. It combines all treatment needs into one single treatment plan at a more mature age.
A comprehensive treatment will usually take about 18 months.
There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment as most people can benefit from ideal tooth alignment. In fact, one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18.Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy.
Depending on your goals, there is a wide range of esthetic options available to you. We can straighten just a few teeth that concern you, or all your teeth. Your dentist may want us to move your teeth in preparation for veneers, crowns, or implants. We can align your teeth using regular or clear braces, or without braces at all, using Invisalign®.
Orthodontics and jaw surgery
Orthognathic surgery is needed when the upper and lower jaw don't meet correctly because they may be disproportional to each other in size or shape and prevent the teeth from fitting properly. Braces are used to align the teeth, and corrective jaw surgery is used to reposition the misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or whose jaws are positioned incorrectly. Jaw size disproportions arise from the upper and lower jaws growing at different rates, often influenced by genetics. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw or birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct many bite problems, the combination of braces and jaw surgery may be required if there is a skeletal discrepancy. Jaw surgery will help correct bite problems that braces alone would not be able to correct.
The clear trays or aligners have revolutionized the world of orthodontics. It is a great alternative to the traditional braces. In fact, it gives more flexibility and comfort to our patients than any other orthodontic treatment. It can be easily used by both teens and adults.
How does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Your Invisalign® clear aligners are custom-made for you. The number of sets of aligners that you will require depends on the amount of correction needed. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth.
Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.
At every stage you’ll be able to see your progress and imagine how far your new smile will take you.
For those in a rush to get out of their braces, we offer different services:
The AcceleDent® System is a groundbreaking technology in orthodontic care which can help accelerate tooth movement, shorting conventional orthodontic treatment (18 months) by 5 months. While the technology to stimulate bone remodeling and healing has been around for a long time, it has recently been applied to Orthodontics.
It works by generating gentle pulsatile forces that transmit through the roots of teeth and their surrounding bone which helps accelerate the cellular response. With only 20 minutes of use per day, patients experience significantly shorter treatment times and also reduced discomfort.
It’s a system used to increase the body’s own ability to heal thus allowing for faster tooth movement by using “micro-osteoperforations” adjacent to the teeth to be moved. It’s like acupuncture to speed up your orthodontic treatment! You may only need one or two Propel “acupuncture” sessions through an entire orthodontic treatment to slash down your time in braces.
Building Confidence Through Smiles