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Children & Teen Orthodontics

Early Treatment

Few things bring parents more joy than seeing their children smile! Our goal at Duffy Orthodontics is to bring each person’s best and healthiest smile front and center.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should take place at the first sign of orthodontic concerns or by the age of 7 Treatment may not be necessary at this time, but this exam can tell you the best time to begin treatment and gives Dr. Duffy the opportunity to work with your general dentist to provide you the best dental health.

Early evaluation gives you and Dr. Duffy options; finding out if there are problems now gives him more treatment options and can prevent more serious – and potentially more expensive – problems later. For each patient who needs treatment, there is an ideal time for treatment to begin in order to achieve the best results.

Early treatment is a good solution to:

  • Create room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Create facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Preserve space for unerupted teeth
  • Reduce treatment time with braces
  • Reduce the need for tooth removal

The first phase of treatment, Phase I, usually occurs when the patient is between ages 7 to 10 and still has her primary teeth. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment. Another common added benefit of Phase I treatment is less Phase II treatment time.

Teen Orthodontics

Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontics, and for good reasons. By age 12 to 13, most if not all of the permanent teeth have come in and are in place so that crooked teeth, gaps, and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and teens are often excited to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in. However, if wearing metal braces is a concern, ask Dr. Duffy if Invisalign Teen is an option.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Our goal is to give your child correctly aligned teeth that not only provide ideal jaw function but also a beautiful smile!

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