Orthodontics for All Ages
Our practice recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding, respect, and full commitment from us.
For Children – first checkup at age seven
Don’t wait for baby (milk) teeth to be lost for your first orthodontic exam
The age at which children are ready for orthodontic treatment varies greatly and is dependent on each individual’s bone and tooth development. The Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven. Early treatment allows your orthodontist to correct and guide the growth your child’s jaw, create more space for crowded teeth, avoid the need for extractions later in life, and correct habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting which improves speech problems. There are a few things to watch for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist, such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or popping jaws.
Braces are no longer as scary as many teens may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past. There are several treatment options to choose from, including traditional metal, ceramic, and invisible braces. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect. Depending of the type of braces you choose, keeping teeth clean and avoiding damage it is important to avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods, as these may damage your braces and prolong your treatment time.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens! In fact, the Canadian Association of Orthodontists sites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21! Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health and they want to feel better about their appearance. Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs, such as clear braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Remember, a straight smile isn’t just beautiful; it will help you maintain the health of your teeth for life!