Orthodontic treatment is useful for both Children and Adults alike.
Childhood is an ideal time to take advantage of a youngster’s natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment through orthodontic treatment. The teeth and jaws are changing rapidly at this time so it’s possible to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw.
The overall treatment time can be shortened through this phase of growth modification, ensuring the best result if the need for additional orthodontic appliances arises. The growth of your child’s jaw can be corrected to help the permanent teeth come in straight, regulating the width of the upper and lower arches.
More space can be created for crowded teeth, which in turn helps to avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life.
However, it’s not always easy for the parents to know if their child may need orthodontic treatment and though there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, a visit to the orthodontist around the age of seven is recommended.
We need to remember that healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so it is never too late for orthodontic treatment.
The number of adult orthodontic patients has exponentially increased in recent times. With several new technological innovations, including tooth-coloured ceramic braces, clear aligners and invisible lingual braces, orthodontic treatment has become far less conspicuous, enhancing the treatment experience for grown-ups. At Morgan Hill Dentistry, our team of expert orthodontic doctors carefully examine the adults for any signs of periodontal disease, which needs to be brought under control before beginning the treatment.
Some examples of Orthodontic appliances are:
Traditional metal braces: The term orthodontics immediately conjures up an image of small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. Though this time-tested method is still very popular, it’s no longer the only option.
Clear or tooth-coloured braces: Brackets made of ceramic or plastic are used in Clear braces, which are hardly visible except for the slim archwire. Lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth so that no one can see them.
Clear aligners: An alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances, Clear aligners consist of a series of clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth exactly, with each one moving your teeth a little bit until they are in the proper position.
There are advantages or disadvantages of each type of appliance depending on particular situations. At Morgan Hill Dentistry, the best treatment options for you will be discussed after the complete examination of the teeth.
If you feel you or your child can benefit from Orthodontic Treatment, schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation at Morgan Hill Dentistry.