Orthodontics is the first specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. Orthodontic problems can arise from genetic and environmental circumstances.

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. You deserve a beautiful smile which will dramatically enhance the quality of your life.

Tusk dental recommends orthodontic evaluation for children at the age of 7
There are various progressive treatments that are now available for children between the ages of 7 to 11. These treatments are especially beneficial if jaw irregularities are present. It is important to get evaluated before your face and jaw bones have fully developed. Early treatment can simplify or rule out the need for further, extensive treatment as the child grows older.

Two phase treatment plan for children between the ages of 7 & 10
Most people believe that it is best to wait until all of the baby teeth have fallen out before scheduling an orthodontic evaluation. However, in order to correct the growth of the jaw and various bite problems, such as an underbite, early treatment is essential. Tusk dental can help to make room for the permanent teeth to come in appropriately, decreasing the need for extractions as the child grows older. Phase 1 will happen when the child has both his baby teeth and permanent teeth during the ages of 7 to 10. Treatment will be ongoing – typically lasting from 6 to 12 months. In between treatment, the child may be required to wear retainers or a holding wire to correct teeth and jaw positioning. Phase 2 will involve fitting the child for braces if the orthodontic problems were not corrected in phase 1.

Single stage treatment for children between the ages of 10 to 13
To ensure that your child has a beautiful smile, this single stage orthodontic treatment will make certain that your child’s permanent teeth are moved into a flawless position. Single stage full treatment lasts from 12 to 30 months. It involves upper and lower braces and dependent on their dental development, treatment can start for children between the ages of 10 to 13.

Orthodontics for adults
Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing properly. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and 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 have several different orthodontic solutions available – as well as various types of braces available to our clients.

Orthodontics for children
It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and cross-bites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, increase space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, decrease the chances of impacted permanent teeth, correct damage caused by thumb-sucking, and eradicate swallowing or speech problems.

Tusk dental provides gentle care! Why wait another day? Contact Tusk Dental and let us help you keep that beautiful smile healthy!