ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN
There is no magic age to begin orthodontic treatment. Regardless, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing an orthodontist at or around age seven.
This age is key because most children have mixed dentition during this stage. This mixed dentition allows the orthodontist to diagnose any forming orthodontic issues and address them at the perfect time.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to encourage the permanent teeth to come in straight
- 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
Parents may have a difficult time identifying the signs that their child needs the help of an orthodontist, below is a list of early signs:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- 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
If your child may benefit from orthodontic care, please give us a call to schedule your complimentary consultation!
ORTHODONTICS FOR TEENS
You get the news every teen dreads, you need braces.
There is no need to stress. Braces have evolved over the years and today, braces are more comfortable, customizable, and less noticeable than ever before!
How long will I have to wear braces?
The length of your treatment will depend on three main factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment is the process that involves monitoring the growth and development of the jaw in children, waiting for the perfect moment to begin treatment. Not all patients are eligible for early orthodontic treatment. Those patients lucky enough to qualify, typically see optimal results in less time.
- What needs correction — The complexity is a very relevant factor to take into consideration. Also keep in mind, that every mouth reacts differently to treatment and some patients experience tooth movement faster than others.
- YOU! — Your commitment to your treatment plan will play an important role in the amount of time you spend in braces. Remember to take good care of your appliance.
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles, to choose from depending on your needs. Some of the most popular options include:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
Orthodontic braces are a major milestone for most teenagers. The braces of the past were bulky and uncomfortable. However, today’s braces look and feel great! Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.
ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS
As technology evolves and new techniques arise, orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. Today, over 20% of all patients are over the age of 21 and the number continues to grow. More and More adults are deciding to get treatment to maintain their health while improving their appearance. Keep in mind that healthy teeth can move at any age, take advantage of this opportunity to begin your treatment today!
Top reasons for adults seeking orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
Many adults find the look of metal braces to be childish. At Gilman Orthodontics and Associates, we offer many options that are comfortable, discreet, and effective. Types of braces include:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
The main differentiator when treating adults vs. children or teens is their stage of development. When treating children or teens, it is still possible to modify the jawbone by guiding its growth. For adults, their bones are done growing, this means that the only way to make major changes to their jawbone is through orthognathic surgery.
Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Gum recession and bone loss caused by gingivitis or periodontal disease are much more prevalent amongst adults than children. Patients who have straight teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Teeth can experience wear and tear over time in addition to shifting into different positions, this can be corrected through orthodontic care. If a patient has a missing tooth, the other teeth can shift and tilt to create a bad bite or increased chance of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults began orthodontic treatment as children or teens but did not complete it in its entirety. As adults, they can complete their orthodontic treatment and be rewarded with a beautifully straight smile.
At Gilman Orthodontic Associates, we recognize that adults, teens, and children all have varying needs that require different levels of care. We invite you to collaborate with us on your new smile! This way we can develop a closer relationship.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Simply put, straight teeth are easier to clean and therefore tend to be healthier.
- An indirect consequence of your orthodontic treatment is a gorgeous smile full of confidence — Orthodontic treatment can cause your self-confidence to increase majorly as a result of your new beautiful smile.
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
Postponing orthodontic treatment is usually not a good idea because any treatment left without treatment can lead to long-term health issues that will add to the overall treatment costs.
To learn more about your options as an adult orthodontics patient, schedule your complimentary consultation today!