Benefits & Recommendations

The Right Age

The American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7 for early detection of any potential problems.

The Benefits of Early Treatment

  • May prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing
  • Lower the risk of injury to protruded “buck” teeth
  • Reduce treatment time and severity at later age
  • Minimize future jaw surgery
  • Minimize removal of permanent teeth
  • Guide jaw growth in favorable direction
  • Guide permanent teeth into favorable position
  • Improve appearance
  • Correct harmful oral habits (i.e. thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing)

The Benefits of Adult Treatment

  • Prevent or improve periodontal problems (i.e. gum disease)
  • Prevent or reduce bone loss around teeth (i.e. lose supporting structure)
  • Improve ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
  • Improve oral health and function of teeth
  • Improve cleanability around teeth to avoid dental problems and stain
  • Improve esthetics for a great smile and better facial appearance
  • Improve self-confidence and self-esteem