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Malcclusions can be inherited or acquired.  Inherited problems can include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra teeth, congenitally missing teeth and a wide range of discrepancies of the jaws, teeth and face.  Acquired problems can be caused by traumas such as thumb or finger sucking, airway obstructions by tonsil and adenoids, dental diseases and premature loss of baby or adult teeth.  Many of these problems can affect not only alignment of the teeth, but also facial development and appearance as well.

Although determining if treatment is necessary can be difficult, the following signs may help in prompting you to seek orthodontic advice: crowded or overlapping teeth, gaps between the teeth, front top teeth not lining up with the bottom teeth, top front teeth not meeting with the bottom teeth and top front teeth covering more than 50% of the bottom teeth can signal the need to investigate.  If you see any misalignment of shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which may require early orthodontic treatment.  These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

The American association of orthodontics recommends that your child be evaluated by age seven.  An orthodontic screening no later than age seven enables the orthodontist to detect an evaluate problems that exist, advice is treatment will be necessary, and determine the best tiem for the treatment.  Early detection of any orthodontic problems is important in order ot take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

Yes! For contact sports, you will want to equip your child with a braces-ready mouth guard to protect their mouth from the braces, and the braces from impact. For instruments, your child with automatically adjust to their new appliance and play the same as they did before !

Age is not a factor in considering orthodontic treatment for adults.  Any adult in good general health with healthy gums and good bone support for the teeth is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.  About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults, and that number is still growing!  More and more adults have better dental and physical health now and deserve to enjoy a beautiful smile too.

Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically.  As a rule, braces make your teeth tender and sore for a few days, but it is not painful.  This annoyance can be relieved with an over the counter analgesic.  Today’s braces are more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort.  We use the latest in biocompatible braces, advances techniques using light force and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.

Every mouth is different, so every treatment is different! Braces may be on between 6-30 months, or in rare instances longer. This depends on the development of the dentition, the severity of the problem, It also depends on the cooperation of the patient, including maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing auxiliaries such as rubber bands as directed, avoiding damaging food, and keeping all of their follow-up appointments.

Some people may get braces for mostly cosmetic reasons but there are also a number of health benefits to straighter teeth. Straight teeth are easier to clean well, which reduces tooth decay and gingivitis. Correcting the bite also fixes many structural problems, which can reduce jaw pain and make chewing less painful.