FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid extractions, surgery and more serious complications. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician. However, there is no specific age for treatment. In fact, 20 to 25 percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
Phase I Treatment, if necessary, is for children between the age of 7 and 10 who usually do not have all their adult teeth. This phase usually lasts between 6 and 12 months and is used to address significant developing problems that may become worse if not treated early. Phase I Treatment can often make future treatment shorter and help avoid invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and exposure of impacted teeth.
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time in the US, according to research, is 28 – 32 months. Accelerated treatment options could shorten your treatment time to 12 – 18 months.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. Invisalign is the most convenient option for athletes and allows for musicians to maintain their embouchure. If you elect to have braces, we will give you a special mouthguard to make it possible to participate and advise you on products to help protect your lip while playing certain instruments.
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every four to six months for cleanings and dental checkups. Keeping your teeth clean is very important and can be difficult depending on your orthodontic treatment.
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