Orthodontics is a specialization within the field of dentistry. It focuses on diagnosing and treating dental irregularities as well as issues with facial balance caused by these conditions. Orthodontic treatment has the potential to be lifechanging, improving overall health and wellness as well as self-confidence.
The Origins of Orthodontic Irregularities
Orthodontic problems can be caused by environmental factors or genetics. For example, someone who is born with a narrow jaw has a genetic condition, while a patient whose teeth shifted after early loss of a baby tooth has an environmental irregularity. Bad habits such as thumb sucking can also cause problems to develop.
When Orthodontic Treatment Begins
Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from orthodontic treatment. We suggest children be seen right around their seventh birthday to give us an opportunity to diagnose and correct severe abnormalities without pulling teeth or opting for surgery. However, people can see the orthodontist at any time. As long as the gums, teeth, and supporting bones are healthy, orthodontic treatment is possible.
How Long Orthodontic Treatment Lasts
Treatment can last as little as six months or as long as several years depending on factors such as age and the severity of the abnormalities being corrected. The better the patient follows our instructions, the fast treatment will go and the better the results will be.
To learn more about what you can expect from treatment, call our office to schedule your initial appointment.