Children should see an orthodontist right around their seventh birthday. At this age, major orthodontic issues become obvious to the trained eye because enough permanent teeth should be in place. Most children—even those who eventually need braces—will not require treatment as a child. However, there are cases that, if left untreated, will require surgery and tooth extractions in their late teens or early 20s. Early treatment allows them to avoid this.
Teens are the most common orthodontic patients to this day. It is a great age for treatment because the teeth, gums, and bones are still super healthy and growing, making treatment easier. Additionally, many of their peers are also wearing braces, so being in treatment doesn’t need to feel awkward. They can correct their smile while still in school and then enter adulthood with confidence and excellent oral health.
Just because you are into your adult years does not mean you cannot correct your smile. Our practice sees more and more patients over 21 every year. Right now, about one out of every five patients we treat is an adult. Of course, there are concerns unique to adult treatment. Professionals need options that are not visible and older adults may have gum disease and tooth decay to contend with. We have the right treatment options for all adults to get the smile they deserve
- Retainers should be worn as directed by the doctor. Most patients begin with full time retainer wear. Follow up appointments are scheduled following the removal of braces to monitor your bite and alignment. At these visits you will be advised on when to reduce the time of your retainer wear.
- If at any time you have concerns about the comfort or fit of your retainers please all our office so they can be evaluated.
- Please be sure to bring your retainer to every orthodontic appointment.
- Please place your retainer in the provided case any time it is not being worn.