Orthodontics for Kids
Any orthodontic problem can be treated at any age. However, it is important to understand that the need to extract permanent teeth, the amount of treatment time, the complexity of treatment required and the quality and stability of the final result are very much determined by the age of the patient. That is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven.
Children who aren’t ready for orthodontic treatment will benefit from an early evaluation by having their growth and development monitored by our doctors at no charge.
While people tend to associate orthodontics with children, over 35% of orthodontic patients are adults. Today’s less noticeable braces and aligners have contributed to this popularity. Adults of all ages can fully appreciate the benefits of orthodontic treatment – a great smile, improved self-confidence and better dental health.
Most orthodontic problems, regardless of age and complexity, are treated with braces glued to the teeth. Braces are smaller and wire technology has improved patient experiences, but this tried-and-true method of orthodontic treatment is most commonly the most efficient and cost-effective treatment for misplaced teeth and bite problems.
Clear braces are a more esthetic alternative to traditional metal braces, but the same principles of treatment and patient experience still apply. Many older adolescent and adult patients opt for this treatment modality.
Many bite problems can now be treated without braces – using clear plastic removeable “aligners”. Your teen’s smile journey begins with a scan of their teeth and bite using our state-of-the-art iTero Element scanner. We will coordinate all of the tooth movements digitally, and then work closely with Align Technology to fabricate a series of aligners to align the teeth and correct the bite.
As your teen progresses through treatment, his or her smile and life will transform through a series of small, expertly designed shifts. And with the Invisalign Teen Guarantee, you have the option to switch to wires and brackets if your teen decides against Invisalign treatment within the first six months.
Invisalign Teen can correct both simple and complex teeth-straightening cases, and is covered by orthodontic insurance.