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If you’ve never had a child with braces before, it’s natural to wonder what to expect when exploring orthodontia and the different treatments available. Here is a basic description of the steps our patients take with their orthodontic care.

How do braces work?

Orthodontic treatment works by exerting a gentle pressure over time to straighten teeth. Braces exert this pressure with brackets that attach to teeth and arch wires that run from bracket to bracket. Modern dentistry has made this hardware much smaller and less visible. In some cases, your dentist can use brackets and wires that are transparent or attach behind the teeth. Invisalign® is a newer technology that uses clear appliances that look like mouth guards. Ask your dentist what technology is recommended for your particular circumstances.

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We follow the American Association of Orthodontist’s recommendation that your child should see an orthodontist by age 8.

Why do some people have a bad bite?

Most malocclusions or “bad bites” are hereditary. These inherited problems include too much space between teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth, as well as various jaw issues.  Some malocclusions are acquired through prolonged thumb-sucking, early or late loss of baby teeth, or accidents. However the malocclusion developed, your dentist can recommend orthodontic treatment that corrects it.

Should I get braces?

Most malocclusions or “bad bites” are hereditary. These inherited problems include too much space between teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, crowded teeth, as well as various jaw issues.  Some malocclusions are acquired through prolonged thumb-sucking, early or late loss of baby teeth, or accidents. However the malocclusion developed, your dentist can recommend orthodontic treatment that corrects it.

What age is the best to get braces?

Teeth can be moved by orthodontic treatment at any age, but some treatments are more effective when one is younger.  The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an evaluation for children no later than age seven.  Adult patients can very often get the same results as child patient, but in some instances the treatment will take longer.  Your dentist can show you options for your particular circumstances.

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