For All Ages
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. Interceptive orthodontic treatment isn't necessary for all children, but early intervention can sometimes prevent more complicated (and costly) treatments in the future.
The primary goals of Interceptive (Phase I) Treatment are to:
- Guide growth to improve the bite relationships between the upper and lower jaws
- Create space for crowded teeth so the permanent teeth can grow into place
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see the orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable and even more stylish than in the past.
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on these two key factors:
- What needs correction — Not all orthodontic treatment plans are the same, some are more complex than others. Oftentimes, Before you begin, Dr. Hullings will be able to tell you how long he expects your treatment to last.
- YOU! — Your active participation in treatment will play a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. It's important that we see you regularly and that you wear all appliances as recommended by Dr. Hullings. And always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Orthodontic treatment is a big part of life for many teenagers. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic evaluation.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
For many adults, the though of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic and customized to meet your needs.
We recognize that adults and children have different needs. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect.
Why should adults consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.