Both children and adults can benefit from a beautiful, healthy smile. Straight teeth not only make it easier to brush and floss, they also play an important role in building self-esteem, confidence, and a positive self-image.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was often postponed until the adolescent years, when all the permanent teeth came into the mouth. We now know that many orthodontic problems can be treated earlier and much easier by working with the growth that takes place in younger children. We follow the American Association of Orthodontists' recommendation that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, or earlier if a problem is detected. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, an early examination allows us to monitor your child's dental development. A recall program is offered to you at no charge, and covers all observation appointments needed until actual treatment begins. We have found that early detection can significantly reduce the need for removal of permanent teeth. And because younger children are more enthusiastic and cooperative, total treatment time is often reduced. In many cases, positive orthodontic results can be achieved which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
Beautiful, healthy smiles are possible for almost anyone. The biological process of tooth movement is the same in adults and children. It's the condition of a person's teeth, gums, and supporting bone that is the most important element in deciding whether or not to begin treatment. Properly aligned teeth are not only easier to clean, they can go a long way to improving a person's self-esteem and confidence.