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May
21

The Perfect Age for Braces

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Is your child old enough for braces? What about you? Are you too old for braces? If there’s a question that orthodontists and orthodontic providing dentists hear frequently, it’s one about what the proper age is for someone to begin their orthodontic treatment. In short, there’s an extremely wide window for patients to consider their orthodontic therapy, and the different age brackets have various pros and cons to therapy during different parts of their life.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an orthodontic consultation by age 7. At this point, early interceptive treatments can be started, if necessary. Early intervention can help aid in proper tooth eruption patterns that affect or prevent orthodontic needs later on. The majority of orthodontic patients don’t begin care until all of their primary teeth have been lost, and braces are placed onto the newly erupted permanent teeth to help place them in the correct location. Younger ages of therapy can make it easier to perform growth modification of the jaws, anatomy of the bite, and move teeth that are still developing.

Adults are quickly becoming one of the biggest groups of orthodontic patients. This is partially due to their lack of access to orthodontic therapy as children, and now being able to access it due to financial independence. Adult patients are typically very devoted to their care routines, which improves the rate at which care can be completed. The availability of different types of adult braces, such as clear or invisible braces are very appealing to adults and do have some influence on why so many of them are now choosing braces.

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Mar
28

What are Invisible Braces?

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Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look? Do you have an over or under bite? If it’s time for you to get braces but you don’t want braces then Invisalign might be the perfect option for you!

Invisible braces such as Invisalign or Clear Correct are a new way of straightening your teeth. They way invisbile braces work is by using a custom built series of aligner trays. You wear one then move to the next and next and the next until your teeth have moved just how they were supposed to. The custom aligner trays just have to be changed every two weeks and apply gentle pressure to move the teeth into alignment.

The best part about invisible braces is that they are not noticeable. The clear aligner trays have been built in such a way so that they are almost invisible. Basically this allows you to align your teeth without anyone else noticing you are. Invisalign and other types of clear aligners are best suited for treating the following cases:

  • Gapped teeth – Gaps can happen due to many circumstances, it’s best to get this resolved because having openings puts you at a higher risk for gum problems.
  • Overbite – Overbite or over jet can cause many types of jaw problems.
  • Under bite – This can cause teeth wearing and painful jaw issues.
  • Open Bite – Open Bite can lead to lots of problems such as thermo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Crowding – Crowding leads to many dental problems such as cavities and a higher chance of gum disease.
  • Cross bite – Cross bite can cause teeth wearing as well as bone loss.

Some severe bite issues are difficult to treat with clear dental aligners.  If you think that clear braces might be the solution to your specific problem, please contact your orthodontist’s office to schedule an appointment for examination.

Posted on behalf of Linda King DDS

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