Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or that stick out affect the way your teeth look and work. Orthodontic treatment not only improves the look of your smile but your health as well. Straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to get tooth decay or injured. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look or work, orthodontic treatment may help.
Orthodontics – Early Treatment
Excessive tooth crowding
Insufficient jaw space for permanent teeth
Overly fast or slow growth of upper or lower jaw
Upper or lower jaw that is too wide, too narrow, or crooked
Oral habits such as finger and thumb sucking
Early treatment may give
your dentist the chance to:
Guide jaw growth
Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
Correct harmful oral habits
Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
Improve the way lips meet
Early orthodontic treatments begin around age 7 or 8, when the incisors are developing. Because children are growing rapidly at this time, they can benefit enormously from early treatment. At this age, children also tend to be most eager and cooperative. Early orthodontic treatment typically last from 6 to 18 months, depending on the severity of the condition and can pave the way to clear orthodontic aligners like Invisalign, instead of traditional dental braces.
Orthodontics – Dental Braces
Braces are the most common form of orthodontic appliance used to straighten teeth and correct bite problems. Children, teens and adults – anyone with permanent teeth – can be treated with braces. They are often used with other orthodontic appliances used to widen the palate or jaws or to shape your teeth or jaw. The average length of treatment is just over 2 years although your specific treatment time may vary. Can your teeth be straightened without braces? Yes they can!
Orthodontics – Invisalign®
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign? There are four primary benefits of Invisalign:
Invisalign is nearly invisible
You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is removable
You can eat and drink what you want in treatment; you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign is comfortable
There are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation: no metal or wires also means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start.
So you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
If you dream of achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted but think it’s too late, think again. If you are considering improving your smile with Invisalign orthodontics, you probably have a few questions, including who makes a good candidate, what the advantages are, and how much it will cost…
What is Invisalign? Invisalign is the invisible and removable alternative to braces that lets patients keep smiling during treatment. Invisalign orthodontics uses a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth towards the desired position. Invisalign is prescribed to patients through a trained Invisalign Toronto dentist who can determine your suitability and exact treatment plan.
Does Invisalign work as well as normal braces? Invisalign has been proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional braces. Patients with severe crowding or bite problems may require mixed treatments in which Invisalign is used in combination with dental braces.
How long will treatment take? The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of each individual patient’s orthodontic issues. Treatment may vary from anywhere between six months to two years with an average treatment taking around 12 to 14 months.
How much does Invisalign cost? Invisalign is a premium product compared to traditional braces. The cost of treatment is determined by the complexity of treatment required. Invisalign treatment is usually similar or slightly more than the cost of adult dental braces. At Eringate Dental, we offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, and complimentary Invisalign consultations. Book yours today!
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