Orthodontics for Children
It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age seven to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and to assess the appropriate timing for any needed orthodontic treatment. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the 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 greatly simplify later treatment in certain patients.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One out of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment, as long as there is adequate supporting bone under the teeth. Dr. Wilbur has treated many patients who were in their 60's and several who were over age 70. Adult orthodontic treatment is more likely to involve the help of other dental specialists, for example a periodontist. Because some adults experience some breakdown of the bone that supports their teeth, they 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. We offer traditional braces as well as clear Invisalign aligners.