The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, recommends that children have their first orthodontic appointment by the age of 7. According to the AAO the reasoning for this, is that developmental problems such as cross bites or narrow jaw can best be treated while the bones are still growing. Not all children need early Orthodontics, but if a child does need to start treatment there are several options available. The best option for your child will be discussed at their consultation.
Braces are not only limited to children. Many adults decide to start treatment later in life. The reasoning for this could be due to simply wanting a better smile or to correct a bite or jaw problem. The best option for you will be discussed at a consultation.
Metal Braces: With years of development, metal braces are now smaller, smoother and more comfortable than years past. Pain can still occur, but should be more generalized with the initial application and monthly tightening appointments.
Ceramic Clear Braces: Very similar to the metal braces with initial application and tightening. The brace brackets are clear and are used in conjunction with clear adhesive and ligatures to hold in place. It’s almost nearly impossibly to notice the wearer has braces.
Invisible Braces: (Not usually recommended for children or a teen who has remaining baby teeth) These braces are attached to the back side of the teeth. Custom molds are taken of the teeth along with a computer aided design that takes into consideration the current state of the teeth and the desired movement. This treatment can be more expensive when compared to other
Invisalign: This brand name system functions more like retainers rather than traditional braces. Clear Plastic Molds are designed for each stage of the treatment and each stage encourage teeth movement. The molds that are worn are nearly invisible and cover the entire surface of the teeth. Usually after a month a new set of molds are produces to start the next stage of treatment. The advantage of this treatment is that it does not dramatically alter the patients appearance during treatment, unlike the traditional metal braces. The disadvantage is the cost. The cost of this treatment is approximately 25% more than the traditional treatments.