To have a smile that’s good for life, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned – in other words, a healthy bite. The Ontario Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic checkup no later than age 7. By then, your child’s teeth have developed enough to where subtle problems can be spotted with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Follow this link to read more about reasons why you or your child may need orthodontics.
Not only do well-aligned teeth look good and feel good, they also are important to good dental health. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to dental problems. Not everyone needs orthodontic treatment. But if your child does need help, it pays to start treatment when you have the greatest chance for success. Make sure your child receives an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.
Many options are available today to minimize the appearance of braces. Today’s appliances are smaller and sleeker, and some are next-to-invisible. Your orthodontist can advise you as to what options are recommended for your particular needs.
While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early. If it appears that treatment will be needed, your orthodontist can advise you as to the ideal time to begin. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. Today, adults make up about one in every five orthodontic patients. Here’s why:
Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and more successful than ever for people of all ages. Orthodontists work with other dental practitioners – general dentists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons – to provide a comprehensive approach to your dental health.