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There are many benefits to orthodontic treatment. It can enhance an individual's quality of life at any age.

A great smile can improve a person's self esteem and confidence.

Straight teeth are easier to care for, so it is likely you can prevent health problems in the future.

Orthodontics may also prevent problems sometimes
associated with a poor bite such as TMJ, headaches, speech impairment, and chipped teeth or loss of teeth due to dental injuries.

It is nice to observe and think about treatment options starting about age seven. Although there may be cases where early treatment is desirable, for most children the best time to begin orthodontic treatment is during the late mixed dentition. This is where there can be a few baby teeth still present, but anticipated to be lost in the next 12 months. Usually the late mixed dentition stage is around 11 years of age, but there can be quite a range between individuals.

If we get the chance to start at the optimal time, treatment can be easier and more effective for each person. That is why it is advantageous to see children over a period of time before the braces are actually started.

Metal braces are the most common, and we find them to be most efficient and cost effective.

Clear brackets are available for additional cost. They are somewhat less effective, and the actual treatment time may increase.

Straightened teeth can become crooked again, so upon completion of orthodontic treatment we use retainers to hold the teeth in alignment while the bone and gums remodel and adapt to the new position of the teeth.

We generally use a semi-permanent bonded lower retainer that hides on the back side of the teeth. The upper removable retainer has plastic on the roof of the mouth and a wire across the front. We prefer this combination of retainers as it allows the teeth to touch each other and settle in properly.

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