At Zecevic Dental, the first orthodontic consultation is free and does not require a commitment to begin treatment. Your orthodontic consultation will provide you with the opportunity to meet the orthodontist and the staff, discuss any concerns you may have, and discover what treatment options are available for you or your child.
Some orthodontic conditions are easier to correct and can prevent more severe conditions when they are detected and treated at an early age. If your child’s early orthodontic consultation indicates that treatment is necessary, the first phase should begin right away, while your child still has most of their primary teeth. Early orthodontic interventions, also known as “Phase I” treatments, are designed to help correct existing issues and guide future growth and development to ensure your child’s smile is healthy and designed to last a lifetime.
By age seven, your child’s mouth has enough structure and growth to allow an orthodontist to determine how it will develop as the permanent teeth start to emerge.
Orthodontic treatment is most commonly started between the ages of 12 and 16 because most permanent teeth have grown in by this time. Gaps, crowding, and issues with bite and alignment are easily detected by this time. Bone and jaw structure have sufficiently formed to allow orthodontic
treatment to begin.
This is also the age where many kids and teens develop a heightened awareness of themselves, their appearance, and their relationships with friends. Building self-confidence and balancing individuality with “fitting in” often takes up a large part of your teen’s life during this period of time.
Braces and other orthodontic treatments are not just for kids! Many adults and even seniors are enjoying the benefits of having the healthiest and best looking smile of their life through orthodontic treatment.
In most cases, adult orthodontic treatment is not simply about the cosmetic benefits or aesthetics of having straight teeth. Straight teeth also mean a properly aligned jaw, and a healthier smile and body all-around. Teeth that are aligned are easier to clean and prevent cavities and other dental issues. Aligning the jaw can reduce and even eliminate bruxism and symptoms of TMJ disorder, which includes painful and/or loud clicking in the jaw.
Best of all, your teeth are straight, and you can be proud and confident showing off your smile. The confidence that comes from a healthy, straight smile can help you make your best impression in your career and personal relationships.