In the past, orthodontic treatment was often postponed until after eruption of all the permanent teeth. We now know that many orthodontic problems are better treated earlier in childhood by utilizing the growth that takes place in younger children.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, Dr. Swatman may elect to monitor your child’s dental development. Early detection greatly reduces the need for removal of permanent teeth.
Treatment is sometimes recommended for younger children and because children are usually enthusiastic and cooperative, total treatment time is often reduced. Orthodontic results are often achieved which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaws have stopped growing.
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.
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