Going to an orthodontist early in life can help alleviate future complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first check-up no later than age seven. If any difficulties are found, kids and adolescent orthodontics should be considered for the child. Recovery time and risk of total dental issues are reduced at a young age. Your child can benefit from Invisalign, palatial expanders, baby tooth removal and more.
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
Surgical orthodontics includes correcting jaw irregularities for fully grown adult patients. This time is around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys. It’s important to ensure growth is complete to avoid shifting and changes in the future.
Braces typically go with surgery to ensure the proper placement of teeth as the jaw is readjusted. Following surgery and the recovery process, the patient should be able to chew, breathe and speak regularly. Overbite, teeth grinding and jaw popping can also be treated with surgical orthodontics.
In addition to the services above, Garrett & Boyd Orthodontists offer the following treatments:
- Two-Phase treatment: Two-Phase orthodontic treatments focuses on tooth straightening and facial adjustments for younger children. The first phase ensures space for growing teeth, eliminating the risks of overcrowding, overbite or underbite. This phase can last from 9-18 months. After a rest period, the second phase begins and involves the usual orthodontist protocol with braces. This phase lasts an average of 12-20 months. However, this time can vary depending on the client’s needs.
- Dental monitoring: Download the dental monitoring app to enhance your communication capabilities. With this app, you can receive dental advice via text, view your patient forms and take digital impressions. Additionally, spend less time in our offices with our convenient online appointments that can fit into your schedule.
- Dentofacial orthopedics: In conjunction with orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics focus on altering how facial bones develop over time. This method catches bone growth irregularities early and repairs their trajectory before they have matured.