Orthodontic treatment can benefit all ages, from children to adults.
Orthodontic Treatment for Children
All children should receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. Occasionally treatment is started early in a child’s development. Early consultation allows identifying urgent dental concerns that will worsen and be more difficult to correct later (and sometimes become uncorrectable) if left untreated.
Orthodontic Treatment for Teenagers
Between the ages of 11 and 17, all baby teeth should have already fallen out. During this adolescent development time, the jaw goes through rapid growth and it is advantageous to start treatment as the patient’s jaw growth can be utilized and even modified for improved results.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is successful at any age, and it is our goal to help patients of all ages to have beautiful and healthy smiles. Increasing numbers of people are now getting braces as adults so that they can also enjoy the benefits of orthodontic dentistry treatment.
It is exciting time in Orthodontic treatment as there are different types and options to braces, from [clear braces with small and comfortable brackets] to [translucent aligners which don’t require any brackets and wires].
Each individual has different oral conditions and needs, which is why every patient’s treatment is unique to the individual!
What are the different types of braces?
There are various options for orthodontic treatments besides the type of braces. Our doctors will recommend you better treatment options for you based on individual comprehensive study.
Metal Braces uses metal brackets, which are popular with kids and teenagers. Kids and teenagers select their own ligature ties colors, personalizing braces fashion and having more fun.
Ceramic Braces uses translucent clear brackets, and are most popular with adults. They are less visible than the metal braces, having to be close to someone to be able to see them.
Self-Ligating braces / Damon Braces
Self-Ligating braces / Damon Braces use specialized mechanism instead of elastics to help arch wire guide teeth into place. These braces produce faster results by reducing number of adjustments.
FastBraces uses brackets with advanced mechanics, which substantially works quicker than traditional orthodontic treatment. FastBraces affects crown of the tooth and its roots move into the desired place at the same time, unlike traditional braces where crown is moved first and the root takes time to catch up.
Lingual Braces (Secret Braces™ / Tiggle Braces)
Lingual Braces (Secret Bracesä / Tiggle Braces) uses metal brackets behind the teeth and cannot be seen from the front. However, this method is limited to certain conditions.
Invisalign© / Clear Aligners
Invisalign© / Clear Aligners uses series of removable clear aligners to straighten your teeth without brackets and wires
Palatal Expander is a device that fits your palate and applies pressure to specific teeth to gradually move your teeth farther apart. The device is an alternative solution to tooth extraction for patients who have overcrowded teeth.
Space Maintainer is an appliance for keeping the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have primary tooth extracted due to dental decay.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are specially engineered small titanium anchors used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. TADs are placed into your gum and jaw bone, and acts as anchor point and assists with the movement of your teeth.