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“When is the right time to begin orthodontic treatment?” is a frequently asked question at Chamblee Orthodontics—and for good reason! Each smile is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, there may be a “one size fits most”.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child’s first orthodontic visit take place before the age of 7. At this age, orthodontists can determine whether early intervention is needed, and if it is, which treatment method will be the most successful. Even if your child’s teeth are straight, there may be subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth, or indications of a sleep disorder. Other symptoms that may signal the need for orthodontic treatment include:
Many parents are surprised to learn that orthodontic treatment may be recommended before their child hits their teenage years. “Even before they lose all their baby teeth and have their adult teeth emerge?”
That’s right. Intervening in the stage where a mix of primary and permanent teeth are in your child’s mouth is referred to as Phase 1. In this phase, Atlanta orthodontist Dr. Caroline Ceneviz seeks to correct problems that may be occurring with jaw growth and bite formation. Phase 2 begins when all their permanent teeth have erupted and may be shorter in length if Phase 1 was implemented.
There are two specific conditions orthodontists highly suggest intercepting, and those are:
A lot of us remember having friends in middle school and high school with braces, or you may have been one of the friends flashing a metal mouth! Braces today have been fine-tuned for more comfortable and predictable treatment, but there are even more appealing options in the field of modern orthodontics. If your teenager is self-conscious about their smile, or their oral hygiene routines could be simplified with proper alignment, Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen® may be an option for them.
The benefits of treatment with Invisalign include:
If you’ve been unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you experience TMJ pain because of a misaligned bite or want to strengthen your prevention of gum disease, orthodontic treatment can change the way your smile looks, how you feel about it, and improve your health. If you’re worried that orthodontic treatment is for kids and teenagers, we’re happy to let you know that one in five orthodontic patients today is an adult.
With the expansion of straightening methods available, treatment can be more comfortable, discreet, and affordable than you thought possible! There are translucent ceramic brackets, tooth-colored wires, and even lingual braces as a potential option.
Your treatment plan can be customized to meet your smile needs and goals, and all it takes to begin is a consultation. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, contact Chamblee Orthodontics today! We’d love to take the smile journey with you or your child!
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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