While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, Dr. Wong encourages children to receive an orthodontic exam around age seven, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. Early treatment may be needed to correct and guide your child’s jaw, create more space for crowded teeth, avoid the need for extractions later in life, and correct thumb sucking and minor speech problems.
Dr. Wong will complete a comprehensive exam to evaluate your child’s growth development, wear of the teeth, hygiene, bite issues, as well as crowding, eruption, and space management concerns. Early intervention can prevent your child from needing more costly and time-consuming dental care in the future and ensures a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Dr. Wong will only recommend early treatments that are necessary and will not push early orthodontic services that might not be needed.
What's The Best Age To Start Treatment?
When Should I look Into Braces?
Do I Have To Get Braces?
How Long Will I Be In Treatment?
The teenage years can be a tough time, but it is also the time when most teens are walking the halls of middle school and high school flashing their shiny smiles to one another. That is because the preteen and teenage years (between ages 11-15) are the best time for orthodontic care. By this age, most teens have all of their permanent teeth in place, and bite and crowding issues can be easily detected. In addition, teens are growing rapidly so Dr. Wong can take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape their bite and position their teeth correctly.
And while the teen years can be difficult, braces don’t have to be. Today, braces are smaller, lighter and more colorful than ever, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish. While several treatment options are available, Dr. Wong will always recommend the best treatment plan that will create the best smile. The average treatment time for teens is anywhere between 18-24 months and will vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how involved you are in taking care of your smile. Because remember - the biggest factor to getting braces off on time depends on YOU! Wearing your rubber bands, taking good care of your teeth, and visiting our office throughout your treatment are all important factors to creating your perfect smile!
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens! In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 21! As a matter of fact, our oldest patient was 78! Many adults are choosing orthodontic treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health and they want to feel better about their appearance.
Typical adult problems usually include crooked teeth or bad bites, both which can contribute to tooth decay, abnormal wear of teeth, gum and bone loss, tooth loss, headaches, and TMJ (jaw) issues. A thorough orthodontic treatment plan can not only improve the appearance and self-esteem of our patients but also improve the overall health of their teeth and gums.
Healthy teeth can be straightened at any age. Dr. Wong will best assess what treatment options are ideal for you and work with your primary dentist to ensure the best possible results.
Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, more aesthetic and customized to meet your needs. Remember, a straight smile isn’t just beautiful; it will help you maintain the health of your teeth for life!
It's Never Too Late
For Proper Orthodontic Care
What is surgical orthodontics?
Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe, as well as improves facial appearances. Moving the jaw also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
While Dr. Wong will use the latest orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for surgery, it may still be required for those with severe improper bites, as well as facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw surgery is not recommended until patients are done growing (typically by 16 years for girls and 18 for boys).