Many people are ready for full “corrective” treatments at 12-13 years of age (and sometimes younger) when all permanent teeth have erupted especially in cases of crowding (other than “wisdom” teeth). Treatments usually involve various types of braces, or clear aligners. Sometimes if there is a possibility of adverse jaw growth treatment may need to be delayed until mid to late teens. Corrective treatment aims to align the teeth and bite and provide the best possible stability of the result with a good lip/tooth profile.
Comprehensive Options for Adults
Adults can benefit from treatment at any age, with the same treatment advantages as adolescents. Often adults seek treatment after being dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth for many years, or they have a dental condition that has deteriorated and would benefit from orthodontic treatment, such as missing teeth or correcting a functionally poor bite. There can be considerable cosmetic and/or functional benefits to treatment.
We offer a comprehensive and full range of treatment options including “traditional” metal braces, “clear”/ceramic braces, clear removable tooth aligners such as InvisalignR and braces that are “invisible” (fitted on the inside surfaces of the teeth).
We encourage regular visits to the general dentist who is the most important dental professional in maintaining your overall dental health. We maintain good communication with your dentist via reports before, after and as required during orthodontic treatments. Sometimes treatments can be “multidisciplinary” and can involve the orthodontist, dentist and other dental specialists, for example for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth after correction of the bite and space regaining, or bringing impacted/buried teeth into correct alignment.