For Children and Adults
Orthodontics for Children
Even though an orthodontist can fix your teeth alignment at any stage of your life but the American Association of Orthodontics recommend the age of 7 for better results.
By the age of 7, most children start to grow out their permanent teeth, making it easier for orthodontists to diagnose and treat any developing issues while they’re not as severe.
Early treatment will allow your orthodontist to:
- Regulate a proper dental development as your child’s jaw grows
- Guide the width of upper and lower arches for proper alignment
- Create space for erupting teeth
- Avoid tooth extraction later in life
- Correct thumb-sucking problems
- Improve minor speech issues
Early orthodontic issues are not quite visible so it’s not easy for parents to realize the need for an orthodontist.
Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for to know if your child requires early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late shed of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting food
- Jaws making popping sound on mouth opens or closes
- Mouth breathing
- Crowding or misplaced teeth growth
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Abnormal teeth alignment
- Disproportionate teeth or jaw structure
- Crowded front teeth at age 7 or 8
If you see any of these signs in your child, please contact Naidu Orthodontics to schedule a FREE consultation appointment at your earliest.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is not limited to any age group. More and more adults are willing to change their life with the orthodontic treatment they require. As per the American Association of Orthodontics, one in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult. This is due to the rising awareness related to dental health and the quality of life it offers. You can be among the many adults who are taking a step closer to their happiness.
Common reasons why adults need orthodontic treatment:
- Malocclusion or a bad bit resulting in incorrect alignment of teeth when jaws close together
- Spacing or crowding resulting in tooth decay or gum infections
- Chronic joint pain in the jaw
- To improve their facial structure or self-image
Treatment options for adults
Most adults hesitate to go for orthodontic treatment as they dread the option of having to wear braces at such an age. At Naidu Orthodontics, we offer multiple treatment options to tackle this problem. We offer all types of braces from clear, ceramic, self-ligating, and lingual, to invisible and traditional braces.
Difference between adult and child/teen orthodontics:
There are not many differences in the treatment process of both children/teens and adults. Other than the fact that in younger patients, the jawbones are still developing, making the process a little easier and faster. In adults, severe structural alignment can even require surgery.
Some prominent differences are:
- Adults are more likely to suffer gum or bone loss due to gum recession gingivitis or other periodontal diseases
- Adult patients have to be careful about worn out or missing teeth as this shift can cause other teeth to tilt and create bad bites leading to gum infections
- Many adult patients come to continue their incomplete treatment as a child or a teen
Part of our practice is to acknowledge the fact that children, teens, and adult patients all have different needs. So, we try our best to communicate with them about the level of care they require and make sure the results are always what they desire.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
The benefits of proper orthodontic treatment are endless. It is something that serves you your entire life and affects both your personal and professional life. With the adequate orthodontic treatment, you can have:
- Healthy and straight teeth will decrease your chances of losing teeth sooner in your old age
- The confidence to be you. You can smile without being self-conscious or insecure about your appearance
- A healthier life in general as untreated oral issues only get worse and turn into more severe diseases that affect not only your oral health but your entire lifestyle
If you want to learn more about the various orthodontic treatments and the ways they can benefit you, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.