What Orthodontics Can Do For You Why An Orthodontist What Is The Best Age Return
What Orthodontics Can Do For YouImproving appearance is only one of our aims. We are equally concerned with promoting good health by bringing teeth and jaws into proper alignment to provide a balanced face. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and not as likely to decay. Correction of a malocclusion (bad bite) relieves the extra strain on gums and supporting structures caused when teeth do not meet properly. Such strain can lead to gum disease and loss of teeth. Dysfunction of the jaw joints (TM) can also be related to malocclusion.
Orthodontic treatment furthers good digestion because well aligned teeth and jaws work together to chew food properly. This leads not only to better dental health, but to better nutrition and better health as well.
It is indeed heart-warming to see a person's self-consciousness disappear as orthodontic treatment brings the teeth, jaws, lips and face into proper proportion. As appearance improved, self-confidence and self-esteem grow.
If there is any doubt whether or not you need treatment, it is best to have an exam. It only takes a few minutes and we will be happy to give you an evaluation of your orthodontic condition.
Why An Orthodontist
We believe you should receive your care from a certified specialist in orthodontics. The reasons are simple...education, training and experience. While many problems in dentistry do not require the skill of a specialist, most dentists refer their patients with orthodontic needs to a certified professional. An Orthodontist recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists has completed two years of specialized study and two years of internship in addition to completing his dental degree.
The quality of orthodontic treatment is enhanced when conducted by a qualified orthodontist. Competent care will prove the most beneficial and least expensive in the long run.
Membership in the AAO is your assurance that your doctor has met the high standards of excellence required to qualify him to diagnose and treat you or your child skillfully. You deserve the best. Why settle for anything less?
What Is The Best Age?
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that the proper age for a child's first orthodontic exam is seven (7) years. Early examination can uncover existing or potential conditions that may respond to early treatment.
An early phase of treatment may precede braces to take advantage of a child's growing jaw. Early treatment moves jaw bones and chewing muscles into position, setting the stage for the most stable bite correction possible. Early treatment may not reduce the total time of supervision; but, it does often provide results that are unobtainable when treatment begins at a later age, as well as shorten the time that full braces must be worn.
Teenagers are the most common age group for orthodontics. They have most of their permanent teeth and more mature jaws. We also have more and more adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment, eager for a more attractive face and smile, healthier gums and freedom from joint pain. Today's appliances include less visible and more comfortable braces that will not interfere with the active lifestyles which we enjoy.