Why Straighten teeth?
Orthodontics simply involves diagnosis, prevention and treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. It is devoted to building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.
When to see an Orthodontist?
If you notice any of these problems, it might be time to schedule an appointment with the orthodontist;
• Difficulty chewing or biting
• Grinding or clenching of teeth
• Facial imbalance or asymmetry
• Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
• Protruding teeth
• Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
• Speech difficulty
• Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
• Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
• Finger sucking, tongue thrusting or other oral habits
What is the best age for treatment?
Remember that very few individuals have a perfect bite. Infact, today many adults are being treated for orthodontic problems that were not corrected in childhood. It is however recommended that children should see an orthodontist no later than age 7.
Each problem determines its own best starting time. Length of treatment varies according to the problem. If you have a question (at any age) its best to check with your orthodontist/dentist right away, it may save you time later in life.
Treatment duration typically ranges from about 18-24 months depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond differently to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may change from the original estimate.
The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber ands or appliance and proper care of braces is an important factor in achieving the most effective treatment at the shortest possible time frame.
Are adults too old to have their teeth straightened?
It is never too late to straighten your teeth with orthodontics. In our clinic about 20% of our patients are adults over the age of 21. We have treated patients well into their late forties and early fifties. Ofcourse, treatment is quickest in children and teenagers and that is why we recommend treating early. However, for those adults who are unhappy with their smile and alignment, it is definitely possible (and recommended) that they see us for a consultation to determine what would be needed for treatment.