Orthodontic treatment is more than just providing patients with attractive smiles. While orthodontic treatment at our Winnipeg office straightens and moves teeth to improve appearances, the procedures also help with the long-term health of your smile. Improving the alignment of your teeth spreads out your bite pressure, keeping your teeth, gums, and jaw joints from unnecessary stress and potential damage. The more you know about orthodontic treatment, the easier and more comfortable it will be for you to achieve a great smile in the shortest time possible. Dr. John Campbell and his team at Smile Sooner Orthodontics want you to have this information at your fingertips. We’ll start with getting your braces on.
Orthodontic Exams Should Begin No Later Than Age Seven
The following early warning signs usually indicate that your child should have an orthodontic exam:
Early or late loss of teeth
Difficulty in chewing or biting
Finger-sucking or other oral habits
Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
If your child is approaching the age of seven, it’s time to make an appointment for an initial exam. Unless a child is having a particular dental problem, the proper age for a child’s first visit to the orthodontist is no later than seven years of age. Smile Sooner Orthodontics strongly encourages this practice. Often we will identify a potential problem, and recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development.
We can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while baby teeth are present. Remember, Smile Sooner Orthodontics can improve most orthodontic problems at any age, but there is usually a best age in terms of the amount of improvement that can be achieved as well as the type of treatment employed and cost required. That best age is different for every patient, so the best time for a consultation is as soon as a possible problem is noticed.
Adult Orthodontics: Never Too Old to Be Your Best
It’s not unusual for us to provide orthodontic treatment in Winnipeg for an entire family, sometimes one after the other and sometimes simultaneously. Once parents see the beautiful results and the boost in self-esteem from their children after braces are off, they become excited about starting treatment for themselves.
Orthodontic treatment is a change for the better, regardless of your age. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. In many cases we can achieve very dramatic facial changes with adult orthodontics. Braces will NOT interfere with your lifestyle. You can do anything with braces – sing, play musical instruments, dine out, kiss and have your picture taken.
There are a few inconveniences, but you will adjust quickly. Certain treats, such as caramels and peanut brittle, will be off limits. Also, your mouth and teeth may be a little tender after adjustments. The good news is that the new techniques and materials used by our doctors greatly reduce the discomfort of wearing braces and also decrease the frequency of office visits and overall treatment time.