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Orthodontics for Children

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required, and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, over/underbites, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment begins early, the orthodontist can direct the growth of the jaw while guiding incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

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Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients, as their jaws are no longer growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth, which may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests each child should be checked by an orthodontist no later than age seven. An appointment by age seven means your child has enough adult teeth for your orthodontist to evaluate and recommend appropriate treatment, yet your child’s face and jaw are not fully grown. Treatment before both are fully grown allows for best results for a beautiful, broad smile.

Information provided by the AAO

Braces at Any Age!

Not sure if adult braces are right for you? At Cohen & Johnson Orthodontics we think braces are right at any age because we offer so many varieties of braces! Watch this video to find out more about braces at any age.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see which option is best for you! We’ll work with you from start to finish to ensure that you are happy with your orthodontic treatment before, during and after. We want you to feel right at home while you’re here, and we want you to leave with the beautiful smile that you have always dreamed of! And for our adult patients that do not want treatment that is noticeable, we offer lingual braces that are hidden behind your teeth or clear aligner trays that will straighten your teeth while being nearly invisible! Because at Cohen & Johnson Orthodontics, we offer results that people can see with treatment they can’t!

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