FOR ALL AGES

ORTHODONTICS FOR CHILDREN

While there is no set age at which children should begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists proposes that children see an orthodontist from around 7. Usually, children have a mixture of baby and adult teeth during this age, making it easier for an orthodontist to evaluate and treat dental and jaw problems earlier, even without surgery.

ADVANTAGES OF EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

  • Allows the orthodontist to control and correct your child’s jaw development to facilitate the eruption of permanent teeth.
  • Adjust the top and lower arches’ widths.
  • Increase the amount of space available for crowded teeth.
  • Later in life, prevent the necessity for permanent teeth extractions.
  • Correct thumb sucking and assist with mild speech issues.

SIGNS YOUR CHILD NEEDS TO SEE AN ORTHODONTIST

  • Baby teeth can fall out early or late.
  • Having difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Sucking finger/ thumb
  • Crowded, misaligned, or occluded teeth
  • Jaws that pop or create noise when they open and close
  • Teeth that are excessively spaced or do not come together at all
  • Jaws/teeth that are disproportionally huge in comparison to the rest of the face
  • Around the age of 7-8, you may notice that your front teeth are crowded.

To make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation, please contact our dental office in North Miami Beach, FL.

ORTHODONTICS FOR TEENS

Braces aren’t quite as frightening as you would believe. Braces are now available in various styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more convenient, and even more stylish than previously catering to your needs.

BRACES! WHAT NOW?

Don’t worry! Braces aren’t nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR THE BRACES?

Three factors determine the length of time it takes to straighten your teeth with braces:

  • Early treatment: This enables orthodontists to track the jaw’s growth and offer additional orthodontic treatment when it becomes needed.
  • What has to be fixed: The length of time it takes to fix an issue is determined by the amount of therapy required. While one patient’s treatment may take only 12 months to complete, another patient’s treatment may take 24 months.
  • You: It also depends on your desire and willingness, which plays a significant role.

BRACES YOUR WAY!

Our practice offers various braces, including different types and styles. Among the most prevalent choices are:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Traditional metal braces

For many people your age, orthodontic braces are essential for life. While braces once had a poor rep, today’s braces make it simple to look and feel great!

ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS

Orthodontic therapy isn’t exclusively for teenagers anymore. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every five orthodontic patients is above 21. Many individuals seek treatment because they understand the value of maintaining their oral health and desire to enhance their looks.

REASONS WHY ADULTS CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

  • A poor bite, also known as malocclusion, occurs when teeth do not fit together properly.
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced too far apart, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Jaw pain or pressure caused by misaligned teeth is unusual.
  • A desire for a more self-assured grin and a more healthy mouth

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ADULTS

The prospect of wearing metal braces is enough to deter many individuals from seeking therapy. Today’s orthodontic treatment options, on the other hand, include a wide range of braces and appliances that are both pleasant and attractive, as well as suited to your specific needs. The following are examples of braces:

  • Clear braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHILD, TEEN, AND ADULT ORTHODONTICS

The key distinction to keep in mind when treating adults, children, and teenagers is that the jawbones of younger patients are all still developing. Because these bones have finished growing in adults, orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones may be necessary. Other distinctions include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease): Gum recession is more common in adults than in children (straight teeth) due to gingivitis or severe periodontal disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth: Teeth can wear down and move into different positions over time, which can only be repaired through orthodontic treatment.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen: Many adults began orthodontic treatment as a child or a teen but never finished it, so they continue at a later stage to get desired outcomes.

WHY CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

  • Straight teeth are properly aligned, are easy to floss and brush, and may help prevent other health issues.
  • Orthodontic treatment can help enhance your self-confidence, providing you with a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back.
  • When required, delaying orthodontic treatment can result in long-term health issues that will cost you more in the long run.

Please contact our orthodontist in North Miami Beach, FL, to book your next orthodontic check-up.

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