It's best for us to see children by age seven to advise if Orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, we can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems.
In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can be a success story at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. We are currently treating many patients in their sixties plus!
At the Align Smile Clinic, our various types of treatment can be tailored to your lifestyle. We offer clear ceramic braces that are less noticeable. For the ultimate in discreet treatment we offer Invisalign® - this system uses removable clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Only you and our staff will know you are wearing them. These are a great choice for those who work with the public or may be resistant to having braces.
Jaw surgery may be required for some adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. If your smile is in this situation, we can suggest non-surgical alternatives or Dr. Daher can discuss and initiate your comprehensive treatment plan. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is possible.