The American Association of Orthodontics https://www.aaoinfo.org/blog/is-there-a-benefit-to-early-treatment/ recommends seeing an orthodontist for consultation no later than age 7. Often times, orthodontics at this age is not initiated. The exam is free, and many children are placed on a complimentary kids program where their growth and development is monitored until the time is right to start treatment! However, some children can greatly benefit from treatment at a young age. Esthetic concerns, cross bites, overbites, and underbites can sometimes be treated with greater success at an early age. Children of all ages can be successfully treated with traditional colored brackets or Invisalign. Often, the goal of child orthodontics is to intercept a developing problem before it worsens. In addition, finger sucking habits can be detrimental to tooth and/or jaw growth. Child orthodontics can address these habits to allow for normal maturation and growth for your child.
Think braces are only for children or teens? This is no longer true. Now, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Some people want to improve their smiles or correct their bites. Other people are seeking to improve their health or to boost their self-esteem. Today about one million Americans and Canadians over the age of 18 wear braces, according to the Acadamy of General Dentistry.
Hilton-Diminik Orthodontic Associates offer our adult patients, both Invisalign, and traditional braces. We strive to make our orthodontic treatment fit your active lifestyle, making your smile and bite a top priority.
Come see us if your child is or has:
- Baby tooth loss
- Crowded front teeth
- Difficulty biting or chewing food
- Habits like sucking on his/her finger or thumb
- Crowded, misplaced, or “blocked” teeth
- A jaw that “pops” upon opening and closing
- Straight teeth, but a possibly misaligned jaw
- Breathing through his/her mouth—not nose
- Teeth that are misaligned—or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of his/her face