Strasdin-Sangha Orthodontics

Orthodontics for All Ages

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Orthodontics for Children

There is no specific age when a child should begin orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends making the first visit around age 7. The combination of adult and baby teeth at this stage will help the orthodontist to examine and treat alignment issues.

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Early Orthodontic Treatment Benefits

When you start orthodontics treatment in early childhood, you can experience plenty of benefits, such as:

Guiding jaw growth to ensure that your child’s teeth come in straight

Increasing the space for crowded teeth

Avoiding future tooth extractions or surgeries

Improving minor speech problems

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Does Your Child Need to See an Orthodontist?

It can be difficult to tell whether your child needs to visit an orthodontist. However, there are a few indicators that orthodontic treatment may be necessary:

Jaws and teeth are disproportionate to the rest of the face

Baby teeth are lost earlier or later than usual

Difficulty chewing or biting

Mouth-breathing

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Crowded or malpositioned teeth

Jaws pop or make noise when they open and close

If your child experiences any of these, you may want to consider having an orthodontic evaluation done. Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Orthodontics for Teens

Thanks to new advancements in orthodontic technology, orthodontic appliances are more comfortable, effective, and subtle than ever before. The teenage years are the perfect time to correct dental issues like crooked or crowded teeth.

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How Long Does a Teen Need to Wear Braces?

The length of your treatment will depend on a few key factors:

Early treatment—With early treatment, orthodontists can monitor your jaw growth and recommend further treatment if they deem it necessary. However, not every patient will receive early treatment. Some patients are encouraged to wait for treatment instead.

The issue that needs correcting— Not only does the specific issue and severity of your case affect treatment time, but everyone also responds to treatment differently. For every individual case, it will take a different amount of time to complete treatment.

Your dedication— For treatment to work as effectively as possible, you will need to be dedicated to the process. Be sure to use and take care of your orthodontic appliances, as it will make your treatment time even shorter!

Styles of Braces

Many teens have cosmetic concerns when it comes to wearing braces, which we completely understand! Fortunately, there is now a wide variety of braces to choose from, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces. You won’t have to worry about looking and feeling stylish!

Orthodontics for Adults

You may see orthodontic treatment as something for children and teenagers, but it’s actually very common for adults as well! Whether you’re looking to improve your health or achieve the perfect smile, seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult is a great step to take.

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Why Get Treatment as an Adult?

There are several reasons you may want to seek treatment as an adult, including:

Crowded teeth

Teeth with significant spaces between them

An underbite or overbite

Jaw pain or pressure caused by malpositioning of the teeth

A desire for a healthy and beautiful smile

Treatment Options for Adults

You may be wary about having braces as an adult, but there’s no need to worry. Today’s treatment options are varied and offer plenty of different ways to meet your orthodontic needs. There are several types of braces to choose from, including clear, ceramic, self-ligating, invisible, or traditional metal braces.

Adult Orthodontics vs. Child and Teen Orthodontics

The primary difference between adult and child/teen orthodontics is the growth of the jawbone. In our younger patients, the jawbone is still growing and developing, unlike in adults. If the jawbones need to be realigned at this point, you may need orthognathic surgery. There are also several other differences, including:

Periodontal disease (loss of gums or bones)—it is much more common for adults to experience gum recession and bone loss. This is due to advanced periodontal disease or gingivitis. However, the straighter your teeth are, the less likely you are to experience gum or bone loss

Worn and missing teeth—As an adult, your teeth have been worn down over time. This may mean shifts in your jaw that can only be fixed through orthodontic treatment. On top of this, missing teeth can affect your bite and increase your chances of gum disease

Incomplete early treatment—Many adults have had partial orthodontic treatment done as a child, but the treatment was never completed. You are always welcome to seek orthodontic treatment later in life to achieve the stunning smile you’ve been looking for!

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