Children & Teen Orthodontics
No matter what your age is, orthodontics can help you obtain that radiant, beautiful, and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely cosmetic reasons or to improve the function of your bite. Often, braces will be used to improve both. With orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked and crowded teeth, overbites and underbites, or disorders of the jaw joints can be corrected.
When is the right time for braces?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 7 and 14 years of age while the head and mouth are still growing.
Child and Teenage Orthodontics
Do you have children age 7 or older? Bring them in for an orthodontic consultation!
Orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. The advantage of early detection is that some problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult and more expensive. While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
How long will your child have to wear braces?
The length of time a child needs to wear braces varies due to the complexity of their orthodontic problem. Usually, the more complicated the problem, the longer the period of treatment. Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 and 30 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer. Consult the Thorncliffe Dental Centre to consult with an orthodontist.
The boom in cosmetic dentistry is prompting more adults to consider wearing braces to straighten their teeth. So if you think you’re too old for braces, think again. Some adults are even opting to get braces at the same time their children do.
While the stigma of wearing braces as an adult has all but disappeared, most adults prefer not to show a mouth full of metal when they smile. Fortunately, cosmetic options such as clear ceramic or “tooth-coloured” braces; lingual braces that fit behind the teeth; and “clear,” removable “braces” are now available in your East York neighbourhood.
For more info on how to take care of your braces and retainers: www.thorncliffedental.com/caring-for-braces-and-retainers/