When should children get an orthodontic check-up?
We recommend that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 8. By this age, orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct it they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients in our practice is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, adults are finding treatment more appealing.
How long does treatment take?
Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to two years of active treatment, plus a retention period thereafter.
What is my role in treatment?
Successful orthodontic treatment is dependant on a partnership between the doctor and patient. The orthodontist provides custom-made appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their correct positions. For the patient, orthodontic treatment always requires following the orthodontist’s instructions, keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to assist in achieving the best possible results. You will also need to see your family dentist regularly throughout the period of orthodontic treatment to continue your general dental care.
Why do more children have braces now than when I was a child?
Yes, it is more common to see children with braces today then it was a generation or two ago. This does not mean that malocclusion is more common nowadays than it was twenty years ago or more. In fact, studies have shown that it is just as common today as it was previously. What has changed is that, in common with all areas of medicine and dentistry, there have been many advances which have made it possible to correct so many more problems. There are also more dentists who continue with their studies and undertake the lengthy period of specialization to become experts I the field.