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Ages 7-10: Early Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child of 7 years of age should consult an orthodontist. Most young children don’t need early orthodontic treatment, but detecting a problem early could prevent more serious complications later.

Problems solved by early detection:

  • Severe crowding with a lack of space for permanent teeth to erupt
  • Upper front teeth protruding forward excessively
  • Underbites
  • A narrow upper jaw
  • Harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • Speech disorders from teeth not touching properly
  • Inability to chew or bite food

Ages 11-13: Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is usually recommended in 6th-7th grade for girls and 8th grade for boys. Girls routinely stop growing at an earlier age than boys, which is why we recommend seeing girls for comprehensive orthodontic treatment no later than 11 years of age and boys no later than 13 years of age. This is usually the best (and often the most desirable) time to treat most orthodontic problems when children are actively growing and permanent teeth are present. The permanent teeth can be properly positioned and facial growth can be redirected if needed to achieve a beautiful smile and face with teeth fitting together for health and function.

  • Best time to treat most orthodontic problems

Late Teens and Adults of all ages: Limited or Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Teeth can be moved a little or a lot at any age with noticeable changes using orthodontic appliances that can be almost unnoticeable. Because facial growth has stopped, some adults with severe jaw misalignment may benefit with a combination of orthodontics (moving teeth) and orthognathic surgery (moving jaws). If you or your dentist is concerned with your smile, position of your teeth, or how your teeth fit together, come in for a complimentary orthodontic consultation in order to evaluate the best possible treatment for you.

We can help you with:

  • Crowded or missing teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned upper and lower jaws

Don’t worry, orthodontic treatments today look and feel better than ever before. Talk with Dr. Zahrowski about your treatment choices.