Orthodontics for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children receive their initial exam by age 7. This allows the opportunity to evaluate what the best timing would be for treatment, and if there are any early needs that should be addressed before complete eruption of the adult dentition (usually complete by age 12). While some offices routinely do 2 phases of treatment on most of their patients (1 before all the permanent teeth are in and 1 after), Dr. Peterson does early treatment on a case by case basis. In many instances there is not advantage to early treatment and 2 phases of treatment will only lengthen treatment and cost more to patient and family. However, there are certain early treatments that must be done before age 12 and that allow the best outcome, in some cases avoiding the need to remove multiple permanent teeth. For better results, the following are best addressed early: severe crowding, crossbites, thumb sucking habits, deficient jaw growth or severe overbites. Although treatment generally is not initiated at age 7, it is important to see if your child falls under one of these categories sooner than later, thus providing more treatment options and a better result from treatment. READ MORE ON TWO-PHASE TREATMENT
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children! While this was the perception of society at one time, adults now make up a large portion of those receiving treatment. Braces are well accepted in society and are commonplace for adults. Clear braces are one option that many adults enjoy, but Invisalign is a great choice for those who would like to make treatment less apparent. There are some limitations in treating adults because they are no longer growing like children are. However, treatment is still on option for people of all ages, some of which have waited a long time to have that perfect smile!