For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After orthodontic treatment, patients often feel more self-confident and take great pride in their new straight smile!
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and lead to eventual tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal tooth wear, poor chewing function, stress on gum and bone tissue, or misalignment of the jaw joints (TMJ problems). Typically, with quality orthodontic care, many if not all of these issues can be resolved.

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, plastic or ceramic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position.
This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in the brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Orthodontics treatment time can take one to one and half years, 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 variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient's diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that at age 7 children should be evaluated by an orthodontist.
This visit will provide information regarding their child's skeletal growth pattern, dental development, as well as to advise parents on ideal treatment timing.
In most cases the orthodontist will simply monitor the patient at a 6 to 12 month interval until the patient is either ready for treatment or it is determined that treatment is not needed.
Usually by age 7 the first permanent molars and incisors have erupted sufficiently to allow the orthodontist to evaluate for crossbites, crowding and skeletal problems.
When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.
Benefits of Early Treatment --
➜ Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
➜ Gain space for permanent teeth
➜ Reduce the need for permanent tooth extractions
➜ Reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
➜ Correct thumb-sucking, and regulate abnormal swallowing or speech problems
➜ Simplify late treatment
➜ Improve the child's self image during formative years

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.
The physiology of tooth movement is the same whatever the age.

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