The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child have an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7. Starting at age 7, we are able to identify concerns in the development of the teeth and jaws. Dr. DeGeorge will determine if any treatment is recommended at your initial consultation.
Early intervention, or Phase I treatment, can provide significant benefits, such as creating space for incoming permanent teeth, preventing removal of permanent teeth, correcting harmful oral habits, such as thumb-sucking, guiding jaw growth, and Improving self-esteem and confidence.
Appliances, such as palatal expanders and limited braces are used during this phase.
Treatment time at this age is short and ranges from 6-12 months.
Not all children need braces early, but there are many who would benefit from early treatment . If treatment is not indicated, we will continue to monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth and jaws.
The teenage years are often the optimal time for orthodontic treatment, as most or all of the baby teeth have been lost. The body is still growing, making it easy to move the teeth and jaws into the proper positions. At Alliedsmiles Orthodontics, we offer a full range of treatments, from traditional metal braces to Invisalign, to help your teen achieve a beautiful smile. Treatment time will vary depending on the severity of the alignment and bite, but most importantly on compliance.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens! More and more adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and want to feel better about their appearance. Proper alignment of the teeth and jaws can prevent other costly dental issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, excessive wear of tooth enamel, bite discrepancies, and difficulty in chewing. Here at Alliedsmiles Orthodontics, we provide many esthetic options, such as Invisalign and clear braces, to help provide patients with choices that fit their lifestyle.