Orthodontics for Children
Dr. Nirenblatt follows the guidelines of the American Association of Orthodontists in recommending that all children receive a complimentary orthodontic exam by age 7.
By age 7, with the combination of permanent and primary teeth that are in, Dr. N will be able to address any existing problems and plan for the future. In most cases, no treatment is needed at this age and treatment can wait until all the permanent teeth are in at age 12 or 13. It is also a great time to plan if and when treatment will be needed in the future.
Early Orthodontic Treatment and its Benefits
Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight. The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaws and certain bite problems.
Crossbites, severe protrusion, severe crowding, and severe deep and open-bite problems are best corrected early. If these problems are not addressed early, they will be allowed to remain uncorrected for several years and make future correction in the teen years more difficult. Early treatment will make future treatment in the teen years more successful.
Phase Two will begin around age 12 or older, when all the permanent teeth are in. Early treatment to expand the upper and lower jaws also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, which lessens the chance of extractions in the future.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist
- Self-esteem problems
- Crowded front teeth
- Narrow palate
- Snoring and mouth breathing
- Lower front teeth biting into the palate
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
An evaluation with Dr. Nirenblatt no later than age 7 will enable us to detect orthodontic problems and decide if treatment will be necessary now or in the future. It will also allow us the opportunity to begin forming a warm relationship between your family and our Nirenblatt Orthodontics team.
You are part of our Nirenblatt Orthodontic’s family, and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship by offering free yearly growth checkups until your child is ready for treatment.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on these key factors:
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, another person might take 24 months. Treatment times can vary, depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you desire.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances we give you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces types and styles to choose from. Some common options include:
- Silver braces
- Gold braces
- Aligner treatment
- Ceramic braces
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. Braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, but today’s braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.
Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment
- Teeth have shifted again after having braces as a teen
- A bad bite or malocclusion, which causes teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Over time, teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, which creates a bad bite and increases the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require different levels of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues that cost you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.