Orthodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with diagnosis, treatment, supervision, guidance, prevention and correction of the growing or mature dentofacial structures.
If you’ve considered having your teeth straightened, but felt you were too old, think again. Adults are now filling more than 25% of the seats in orthodontic offices across the country. Adults are finding out that healthy teeth and an attractive smile can be very beneficial in the business world. In addition to traditional braces, INVISALIGN, a series of custom-molded aligners, allow patients who are concerned about wearing braces to straighten their teeth.
The benefits of straight teeth include improved confidence and self-esteem, the ability to easier keep teeth clean and facilitate healthy gums, and reduce the abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.
Although individual problems determine the best time to start orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that every child should have an orthodontic assessment at an early age, no later than age 7. Unfortunately many parents assume they must wait until a child has all their permanent teeth, only to find out that the treatment would have been much easier and less costly when started earlier. Early treatment can also reduce the time and complexity of the treatment.
Conditions that may indicate the need for early examination include:
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