What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment or commonly known as “braces treatment” is a treatment focused on correcting teeth and facial irregularities. The result of orthodontic treatment is a dramatic beautiful smile, stable and improved dental health and enhances quality of life for many people of all ages. Teeth and facial irregularities known as malocclusion (Bad Bite) could result from genetic and environmental factors.
Malocclusion (bad bite) of teeth is a misalignment problem that can lead to a serious oral health complications. Bad bite is when there is difference in the size of the top and bottom jaw. When the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, it is called an overbite. When the lower jaw is bigger, it is called underbite. When teeth are crooked because of inadequate jaw space, it is known as overcrowding. Teeth are not able to perform vital functions if they are misaligned. Most people with mild malocclusion will not require any treatment. However, long term function with severe malocclusion can result in excessive early wear of teeth, tired muscle or jaw pain, and headaches.
At what age should braces treatment be started?
This is the most common question our doctor received during the last sevens year providing braces treatment for adult, adolescents and children. Braces treatment could start at any age as soon as a problem is detected. The American Association of Orthodontist recommends a child should have orthodontic evaluation at the age seven. At this age issues such as an uneven bite, overcrowding, underbite, and/or damage by oral habits will become apparent. Starting process early does not mean a child will get braces right away. It just mean the Doctor would be able to detected any potential problem early and decide the best time to start treatment.
What is the benefit of starting treatment early in children instead of waiting till adulthood?
Early detection and the treatment of malocclusion of teeth in children will reduce the duration of treatment, and also make it less expensive. In some case, early treatment can help avoid extractions (removal of adult teeth) or a large problem that requires jaw surgery as the mean for correcting malocclusion in adulthood.
Adults can also get good results. However, treatment for adults will generally take longer and will be more expensive. The earlier you treat malocclusion, the better the outcome.
How much do braces cost?
The cost for braces treatments vary depending on how severe the bad bite is and the time required treating it. Treatment typically lasts from 6-36 months. Proper diagnosis requires taking x-rays and photos which enable our doctor to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
If you are considering starting braces treatment or are looking to get a second opinion call us today to schedule a complimentary braces consultation (760)732-5878.