Does your teen avoid smiling because they have crowded or crooked teeth? The way someone's teeth look can have a profound effect on their self esteem and social skills.
Most orthodontic patients begin orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 16, depending on the particular patient's occlusion (bite) and dentition (the type, number and arrangement of a set of natural teeth). Typically, adolescent years are the optimal time to rectify orthodontic problems as they have not yet finished growing.
Orthodontic treatment, through the use of dental braces, corrects genetic problems such as crowding, spaced teeth, protruding upper teeth, extra or missing teeth and jaw growth abnormalities. Other malocclusions (bad bites) can be acquired through finger-sucking as a child, periodontal (gum) disease, poor dental hygiene, early or late loss of primary teeth, trauma or poor nutrition.
Orthodontics is integral to dental health because crooked or crowded teeth can be difficult to clean and therefore lead to tooth decay, tooth loss or periodontal disease. Malocclusion can also result in abnormal erosion of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and speaking, unnecessary strain on supporting bone and gum tissue, and eventual jaw joint problems. Early correction of orthodontic problems frequently takes less time in treatment and is less costly when compared to correction of dental problems that have been allowed to progress into adulthood.
We offer comprehensive orthodontics for children and teens to help them have a lifetime of healthy, attractive, confident smile!