Dr. Basil Hatahet, our Orthodontist on Staff will help transform your smile
Braces for All Ages
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with alignment of the teeth and improve appearance. Orthodontics is devoted to building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips, and jaws into proper alignment. Straight teeth function better, are easier to clean, and are more likely to last your lifetime.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. For some children, treatment can start at age 7 or 8, depending on the problem. In some cases poor jaw development may be the result of an improper habit such as thumb-sucking. Braces aren’t usually put on any sooner than 9 years old for girls and 10 for boys. At these ages the bones of the head and jaws are growing fastest and teeth are easiest to move.
Adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Adults may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
Braces consist of bands, wires and/or brackets. Bands are fixed around the teeth or tooth and used as anchors for the appliance, while brackets are bonded to the front of the tooth. Arch wires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them to their proper position. Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past.
We usually recommend braces to improve the patient's:
- crooked teeth
- crowded teeth
- uneven spacing
- Undesirable gaps between teeth
- Protruded teeth and/or jaw
- Lack of symmetry of the face
- TMJ symptoms
- Breathing problems
When children and teenagers are treated, we plan the final outcome to be one of great stability. Many of our patients undergo treatment without the need of extractions, providing a beautiful smile, versus one that is collapsed as seen in treatments done in past decades. This allows for their jaw to have great balance and avoids locking of their jaw. This, in the long run, avoids the occurrence of TMJ problems.
Contact us today to set up an appointment with our office if your are considering braces.
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