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Orthodontic Care for Adult Professionals.
Is Adult Orthodontics right for me?
While many people used to believe that braces were “just for kids”, the facts show otherwise:
- Among the thousands of Canadians now in orthodontic treatment, more than one out of every four is over the age of twenty-one.
Because the basic process involved in moving teeth is the same in adults as in children, orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. The health of the teeth, the gums, the supporting bones, exisiting restorations, and planned future dentistry are all factors important to consider when diagnosing and planning treatment for adult orthodontic patients.
Early Treatment: Orthodontics for Kids
People can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age; however, there are many advantages to seeking early diagnosis, as treatment options can become more limited once all the permanent teeth have come in and one’s facial growth has slowed.
It is recommended that children have an orthodontic check-up by the age of 6, or earlier if there are signs of:
- crowded primary (baby) teeth
- premature loss of primary teeth
- and/or altered oral posture including mouth breathing, tongue posturing between teeth, and finger or lip habits (thumb-sucking, etc).
This way, problems with the growth of the jaws or crowding of the teeth can be addressed, often eliminating the need for complicated treatment, such as adult tooth removal or surgery, after the adolescent growth spurt. As well, some of the underlying causes of orthodontic problems, such as a dependency to breathe through the mouth instead of the nose, thumb-sucking, and dental decay, can be recognized early to prevent problems from worsening.
Early treatment, also called Phase I treatment, takes place while your child still has baby teeth present. Phase I treatment usually lasts between 1 and 2 years, during which time retainers are worn until the permanent teeth come in.
After the permanent teeth have come in, we can determine if Phase II treatment is needed. Most children require a second phase of treatment, but Phase II treatment is considerably shorter and less invasive if your child benefits from early Phase I treatment.