Invisalign Dental Braces!

March 28, 2014 | Posted in Dental Health Tips | Be the first one to comment

Brace yourself...the Earlier, the Better!

In the past
, braces used to correct a child's smile were not considerered for as long as the child still had baby teeth.  Today, general dentists, orthodontists and parents are realizing that early orthodontic treatment can be extremely effective, especially as the child's head and mouth are still growing, and the teeth are more accessible to straightening.

Braces are typically applied between age 10 and 14, although it's not unusual to start treatment earlier, especially if there is a skeletal discrepancy or a tooth eruption problem.  If it is determined that a child would benefit from orthodontics, we first gather pre-treatment information to determine the best course of treatment.  This evaluation includes a clinical examination, medical and dental history, stone study models of the teeth, photographs of the patient's face and teeth and x-rays of the mouth and head. 

Once the evaluation is analyzed, the appropriate course of action can begin.  Appliances are applied and adjusted periodically so that teeth are moved correctly and efficiently.  Complete cooperation from the patient is essential to ensure the most efficient treatment time possible.  An average treatment time is 24 months, although this varies depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the initial problem, the health of the teeth, gums and supporting bone and the cooperation of the patient during the treatment phase. 

Oral hygiene is extremely important while wearing braces for a number of reasons.  Braces provide lots of tiny hiding places for food and plaque to get trapped, allowing decay to thrive and promote gum disease.  Insufficient cleaning can also cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.  It is crucial to brush carefully after every meal with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and to floss between braces and under wires while continuing to go for professional dental cleanings every 6 months.

No matter what age, you owe it to yourself to find out if you can straighten out your smile with the more comfortable, less noticeable braces of today.  Come in and talk to us about how easy it is to have the perfect smile you've always wanted! 

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