For Children, Teens, and Adults
For generations, having braces has been a common part of an adolescent’s life. Many children wear braces as a staple in their pre-teen and teen years. However, orthodontia has changed. At Devon Orthodontics, we provide treatment using the latest technology for you, and your child to achieve the best smile possible.
Children are recommended to have their first orthodontic evaluation around age seven.
At this age, children are developing permanent teeth, and the orthodontist can determine if there are any problems. In some children, the treatment may require two phases.
Phase 1 Treatment
The purpose of Phase 1 Treatment is to address problems with the child’s jaw. Phase 1 Treatment may prevent the child from needing additional treatment later or reduce the amount of treatment he or she needs. Children will typically receive a palatal expander and potentially some braces in this phase.
Teens and Adults
Adolescence is considered the ideal time for braces because, during this window, the permanent teeth have all grown in but the head is still growing. This does not mean that adults are not candidates for braces. Many adults who did not have braces as teenagers or whose teeth shifted after their braces were removed may still improve their smile with braces.
Orthodontic patients who need braces have a few options. The first one is traditional metal braces. Metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more effective than the ones worn by previous generations of patients.
Clear braces are another option for patients. They work the same as traditional metal braces but are less noticeable.
Clear aligners are trays that are worn over the teeth. The trays slowly move the teeth into the correct positions. Aligners can be removed for eating and drinking and for brushing teeth. Your treating orthodontist will determine if your goals are attainable with clear aligners such as SureSmile or Invisalign.
Orthodontic Appliances for Children, Teens, and Adults
Braces are not the only treatments that orthodontists provide. While braces work well for correcting bite problems, other appliances correct different issues.
For children, teens, and adults who play sports, especially contact sports, may be fitted for a mouth guard. A mouth guard protects the teeth from being damaged if an athlete falls down or gets hit in the mouth.
A patient with a severe overbite may be given a headgear. Headgear is worn outside the mouth. Children and teens are more likely to use headgear than adults.
A patient who grinds their teeth in their sleep may benefit from a night guard. A night guard keeps the teeth from touching each other so they do not become worn down or damaged.