So, you or your child are in need of orthodontic treatment. But that kind of begs the question, what is orthodontics? Sure, most of us know that orthodontic treatment is about correcting our teeth, but beyond that, we tend not to know all that much.
To help you have a better understanding of what is ahead of you and empower you in your treatment, we want to explain a bit about what orthodontics is and how it can help.
What is Orthodontics?
While we tend to think of orthodontics as a way of obtaining a more attractive smile, it is less about looks and more about health; the fact that what is healthy also looks nice is a happy coincidence. The focus is on correcting the position of the jaws and teeth to ensure that everything is properly aligned and not causing pain, uneven wear, or other issues that can arise from misaligned bites.
Getting into orthodontics means graduating from dental school and then spending several years studying orthodontics and a specialty. Our Houston, TX orthodontists have undergone extensive training to be where they are, and they are very passionate about what they do.
All children should visit an orthodontist on are around their 7th birthday. This age is ideal as most problems that will develop should be evident at this time. Being seen at this age does not mean that your child will begin treatment, even if there is a problem present. Early treatment is only used in moderate to severe cases where there is a significant possibility that delaying treatment will result in more invasive and longer treatments being required. For the vast majority of children, the doctor will ask to see them again in a year or more to monitor progress without starting treatment.
If your child had early treatment, this is when the second phase of that treatment will be completed. If your child did not have early treatment but does have an issue that needs to be corrected, this is the ideal time. During adolescence, the majority of permanent teeth will have emerged, making it clear to our Houston orthodontists precisely what is needed. Jaw growth at this age also makes it easier to correct problems, and since teens are associated with braces, they tend to feel confident while in treatment.
Just because you aren’t a kid anymore doesn’t mean you cannot receive treatment. A growing number of our patients are adults who did not have access to orthodontic care when they were younger. To help our adult patients feel comfortable and confident throughout treatment, we offer aesthetic options—such as Damon Clear and Invisalign—that will allow you to smile brightly throughout your treatment.
To learn more, schedule your complementary consultation.