Early Treatment For Children
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic exam at age 7, when their first adult teeth begin to appear. By this time, most children will have their first permanent molars and incisors. Crossbites, crowding, and other problems that can be evaluated begin to show themselves at this time. Early treatment allows Dr. Contes to guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, create more space for crowded teeth, eliminate thumb–sucking habits and abnormal swallowing or speech problems. Treatment may involve expanders, retainers, braces or other appliances designed to create room for erupting teeth, prevent tooth extraction, correct an overbite, cross bite or other tooth or jaw alignment problems.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. The American Association of Orthodontics cites that one in five orthodontic patients is now over the age of 21. With the advances in technology and orthodontic techniques you can now straighten your teeth "invisably". The overall result is straighter, more functional teeth and a new sense of self-confidence about your smile.