Braces for All Ages
for the Frederick, MD Area
Orthodontic jaw and dental alignment concerns can often only be corrected at a young age before primary growth periods have started. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. McTavish recommend that a child receive his or her first orthodontic examination at the age of 7. Though braces can correct the look of teeth at any age, early diagnosis and treatment can often correct small problems before they become bigger.
What Is Interceptive Care?
Interceptive care refers to orthodontic treatment at an age before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. This treatment typically occurs between the ages of 7 and 10. Common signs of the need for an orthodontic evaluation include severely crowded teeth or skeletal disharmonies such as underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Other signs include early or late loss of teeth, finger sucking, difficulty chewing, jaw discomfort, and excess spacing of teeth. Early treatment can make braces more productive and ensure better results.
Benefits of Braces for Adolescents
Orthodontics is more than straightening crooked teeth. Your smile is instrumental in determining how others perceive you, as well as how you perceive yourself. Adolescents are often searching for their identity and their way in life, and orthodontic treatment can provide an opportunity for guidance and encouragement as the child matures. Proper tooth and jaw alignment is important in achieving long-term oral health as well as increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
Orthodontic treatment as an adult comes with many rewards. Teeth help provide the support structure for the soft tissue, including lips and cheeks. Improved facial aesthetics may be achieved by repositioning the teeth and jaw. Advances in technology such as clear, removable aligners and tooth-colored braces provide aesthetic alternatives to traditional braces. It is never too late to have a healthy and beautiful smile!