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Orthodontics 101

Early Treatment

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest...

Adolescent Treatment

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and...

Adult Treatment

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...

Early Treatment

Early treatment for children should begin at age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontics.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

If you are looking for a children’s orthodontist, the best time to bring your child in to see us for their first orthodontic evaluation is around age 7. At this stage, we may not recommend orthodontic treatment yet, but we can continue to monitor your child’s development to recommend the right time to begin. Bringing your child to the orthodontist for early treatment and monitoring can reduce treatment time and costs later on.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

By allowing us to evaluate your child’s smile early, we can provide more effective treatment and prevent more complicated problems from arising as they grow.

Why is age 7 the best time for evaluation?

At this age, your child’s first permanent molars erupt, which forms the back bite. Dr. Larson can more easily evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships for your child’s teeth. For example, if we find erupting incisors at this stage, this may indicate that your child has a higher potential for an open bite, overbite, crowding, or gummy smiles.

By waiting until children become teenagers, you increase the chance for more invasive and costly treatment. With interceptive treatment, we can create more room for your child’s teeth to grow, reducing the need for tooth removal, creating better facial symmetry, and shortening treatment time in braces.

Why should my child get treatment for a bad bite?

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists found that untreated bad bites, or malocclusions, can cause multiple problems? For example, it is harder to effectively clean crowded teeth, which can increase the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Protruding teeth are also more vulnerable to chips and breaks. If your child has cross-bites, they may end up with crooked and worn teeth. In addition, open-bites can cause tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

If you think your child needs orthodontic treatment, contact our office today. We can create a healthier, more beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

Adolescent Treatment

The most common time for orthodontic treatment is between ages 11 and 15.

Why Adolescent Treatment? 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child first see an orthodontist by age 7 for early treatment and evaluation. However, most permanent teeth erupt by age 12. At this time, we can easily evaluate your teen's smile for crowding, gaps, and bite issues.

Another reason the early teenage years are a good time for orthodontic treatment is because teens do not yet have many of the negative associations with braces. Teens may see their friends wearing braces and will want to fit in and wear them, too.

In addition, adolescents are rapidly growing. We can use this time to shape their teeth and bite correctly as they continue to grow and develop. Teens at this age also have a high metabolism, which can decrease the overall treatment time and reduce discomfort.

If your teen is ready for adolescent treatment, contact us today!

Adult Treatment

Adult braces are more popular than ever.

Adults with Braces

When it comes to adult treatment, one thing is for sure: braces aren't just for kids anymore. If you have healthy gums and bones, we can change your tooth alignment at any age. At Smiles Orthodontics, we offer multiple treatment options designed just for adults like you. So why wait any longer? Your journey to a new smile can begin today! 

Arguably the greatest benefit to getting orthodontic treatment later in life is the increase in self-esteem. Many patients have spent years feeling self-conscious about their smile only to find that braces drastically improved their facial aesthetics and self-confidence. Of course, healthy teeth and gums are important as well. Living with bite issues and crooked teeth can lead to tooth decay, bone loss, wearing of your tooth enamel, and headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ/TMD.  

At Smiles Orthodontics, we use the latest appliances and orthodontic techniques to reduce your treatment time and increase your comfort. We offer multiple braces options, including traditional metal braces, translucent braces, and even clear aligners. To improve mild misalignment, we also offer transparent aligners that you can wear at night.

If you are ready for adult treatment, contact us today. During the initial examination, we can evaluate your smile and determine the best treatment for you. 

Today's treatment options include a wide variety of braces that are not only comfortable but are more aesthetically pleasing.

Invisalign Adult

Invisalign

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen

Empower Brackets

Empower Brackets

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