Orthodontics for children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a visit to the orthodontist around age seven. By this age, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth and Drs. Brown and Fasy can diagnose tooth and jaw problems.
Although the majority of patients will only need one comprehensive phase of treatment beginning around age 11, some children can benefit greatly from an earlier first stage of treatment. Early treatment, or phase one treatment, allows Drs. Brown and Fasy to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it is not always easy to know if your child may need early orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation.
Orthodontics for teens
Usually, the most ideal time to begin comprehensive orthodontic treatment is around age 11 to 13. Braces are a big part of life for many teenagers. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good!
Braces today come in a variety of materials and colors, making life with them much easier, more comfortable, and even stylish.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on these key factors:
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Treatment times can vary, depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances since this will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces your way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces types and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
- Clear braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
What can I eat while wearing braces?
It is important to avoid eating certain foods. We also want you to enjoy your braces experience, so here’s a quick list of foods to avoid and foods to embrace while wearing braces.
Foods to avoid while wearing braces
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods you CAN eat while wearing braces
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Remember, braces are the way to your new beautiful, healthy smile!
Orthodontics for adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their dental health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment
- A bad bite or malocclusion
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from seeking treatment. However, today’s treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Clear braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisible aligners
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens
The main difference to remember is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the necessity for orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, creating a bad bite and increasing the potential for gum disease.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs and require different levels of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment, and your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence and give you the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when needed can create long-term health issues that cost you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. We understand you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.