Orthodontics for Children
There’s no minimum age for your child to begin orthodontic treatment, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child receive their first orthodontic evaluation by around the age of seven.
By this time, your child should have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth. This makes it easier for orthodontists like Dr. Hunter to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems before they have the chance to become more severe.
Orthodontics for Teens
But there’s no need to worry – bulky, uncomfortable metal braces are a thing of the past.
Today’s braces are smaller, sleeker, and far more comfortable than ever before. They also come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens. In fact, one in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.
Many adults are choosing to receive treatment later in life because they understand how important it is to maintain their oral health, they want to feel better about their overall appearance, or both.
If you’ve experienced any of the following issues, orthodontic treatment may be for you:
- A bad bite (malocclusion) causing your teeth to fit together incorrectly
- The teeth are too crowded or spaced too far apart
- Any abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Or simply a desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Although the thought of wearing braces as an adult can be intimidating, there are several options that are discreet but effective. At Hunter Family Orthodontics, we offer ceramic braces, which blend in closely with your own smile, and Invisalign, a clear aligner system that is nearly invisible.
Why Should You Consider Orthodontic Treatment?
Straight Teeth Are Healthy Teeth
When your teeth are properly aligned it’s easier to keep them clean by flossing and brushing, which in turn helps to prevent other oral issues, including some that can affect your overall health.
A Healthy, Straight Smile Builds Confidence & Self-Esteem
Successfully completed orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, give you a better quality of life, and allow you to smile freely for maybe the first time ever!
Untreated Oral Issues Will Get Worse
Delaying or refusing orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues that will wind up costing you more in the end.
Hunter Family Orthodontics recognizes that children, teens, and adults will all have different dental needs, requiring a different level of attention and care.
We work diligently with each patient to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for you in the most inviting environment.