For All Ages

For All Ages

Orthodontics for Children

While the exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the individual case, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist by age seven.

At this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, this makes it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems earlier and without the need for surgery.

Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child’s jaw to promote the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and improve minor speech problems

For parents, it’s not always easy to identify the need for orthodontic treatment in their child.

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A difficult time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws or teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile that will last into the future.

Orthodontics for Teens

Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics for teenagers.

Today, you have more options than ever when it comes to finding an orthodontic appliance that will work for you and your lifestyle without compromising your self-expression. Braces come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors.

How long will I have to wear braces?

The amount of time it takes to achieve your perfect smile with braces depends on three key factors:

Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and act as quickly as possible if further orthodontic treatment becomes necessary. Not every child who is evaluated receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases, the orthodontist recommends that a patient develops more before receiving treatment.

What needs correction — The type and severity of the problem will determine how long the process takes. Also, different patients react to treatments differently. For example, it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment while it takes another patient 24 months.

YOU! — Your commitment to use the appliances and follow your orthodontist’s instructions will greatly affect the length of your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces, appliances, and teeth to keep your treatment on track.

Braces Your Way!

Sterling Orthodontics offers a wide variety of braces, types, and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Orthodontic braces are a big part of many people’s lives today and are a treatment to improve your smile. With all the options available, you will surely find one that fits your personal style and personality.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that twenty percent of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they want to improve their visual appearance through their smiles. However, straightening your teeth also benefits your oral health as straight teeth are easier to maintain clean and free from plaque and bacteria.

Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • A desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

Treatment Options for Adults

Many adults find the look of metal braces completely unacceptable. Luckily, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your individual needs. Types of braces include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference between adults and children/teens is that younger patients still have developing jawbones. In adults, these bones have stopped growing, which increases the possibility of requiring orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely to experience gum recession and bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to develop gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions. This can only be corrected with the proper orthodontic treatment. Missing teeth often lead to shifting in the remaining teeth leading to a bad bit and increased risk for gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults began orthodontic treatment as a child or teen but did not conclude their treatment. If that was your case, you can still complete your orthodontic treatment as an adult to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you always wanted.

Sterling Orthodontics recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We take this into considering as we customize our treatment plans for each individual and their unique needs.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing which will help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight, and shiny smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence and give you a better quality of life with the desire to share your smile with the world!
  • Mouths left untreated can worsen — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can lead to more serious and long-term health issues costing you more time and money in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an initial consultation. We understand that as an adult you have a busy schedule, and we commit to ensuring each office visit is as convenient as possible.