What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.
Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain.
Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one's appearance.
Children today tend to get braces at a much earlier age and it's not uncommon for a patient as young as 7 or earlier to begin orthodontic treatment.
It is recommended that all children receive an orthodontic screening by age 7.
Permanent teeth generally begin to come in at age 6 or 7, and it is at this point in a child's oral development that orthodontic problems become apparent.
At this age, tooth development and jaw growth have not been completed, so certain conditions, like crowding, are easier to address. Before permanent teeth have come in, it may be possible to help teeth to erupt (emerge through the gums) into their proper positions.
Early intervention takes advantage of the fact that a child's jaw is still growing. There's a better chance that the adult teeth will emerge naturally where they should if the proper appliance was given at an early stage.
Adults and Braces: Why are more adults getting braces?
As braces have become less bulky and visible in recent years, more and more adults are wearing them, for a variety of reasons. Some adults want to correct problems with their teeth or jaws before they cause serious or further damage. Others want to feel better about their appearance by addressing longstanding cosmetic concerns.
We do in house orthodontics with the latest braces techniques including:
Ice bracket innovation, Highspeed Braces, Invisalign, Innovation R, Innovation C, Damon.
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