1. TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN/EARLY INTERVENTION ORTHODONTICS
When Should a Child See the Orthodontist for the First Time?
You might be wondering when would be a good time for you, as a parent, to start considering orthodontic treatment for your child. Because many orthodontic issues can be more easily fixed during childhood, the American Dental Association advises that children are screened for such treatment by age 7; this approach is known as Early Intervention Orthodontics.
Early Intervention Orthodontics is the initial stage of orthodontic treatment and is usually followed by a second stage of treatment when the patient is older. Because of the earlier treatment however, the second stage is shorter and less complicated and less costly than if the child did not have the first stage of treatment.
What Problems Can Early Intervention Orthodontics Help Correct?
Early Intervention Orthodontic treatment can help correct a range of problems including crowding and situations when adult teeth are erupting too early or too late. It can also fix teeth that have become misaligned from habits such as thumb sucking or lip thrusting and can even help with jaws malpositioning and growth abnormalities.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Markham
Dr. David Markham is a board-certified orthodontist and can determine which patients are candidates for early intervention. In some instances, a child can wear a basic appliance for a few months, and in doing so, prevent uncomfortable and potentially expensive orthognathic surgical treatment in adulthood. And with partial braces, for example, it is possible to position teeth to help boost a child’s self-esteem and to prevent future dental problems. And while Early Intervention Orthodontics is not always needed, it is certainly worth an evaluation to see if your child could benefit from this treatment.
2. Treatment for Teens/Orthodontic Options for Teenagers
Orthodontics for Straight Teeth and Self-Esteem
Orthodontic intervention during the teenage years works to help treat orthodontic problems and to help boost a teenager’s self-esteem. Teenagers often feel self-conscious about their smile and orthodontic treatment is a great way to help assuage these feelings of insecurity and lack of confidence. Some of the issues that can be addressed with orthodontic treatment in the teenage years include problems with spacing, crowding and teeth protruding, as well as treatment planning for missing teeth or misshaped teeth.
The Advantages of Braces
Braces will not only straighten your teenager’s teeth to give them confidence in their smile, but can help prevent future cavities, gum disease and potential jaw joints pain by restoring the teeth to a more natural position and alignment. Braces can also be used to help correct teeth that were shifted or flared by habits such as tongue thrusting and finger sucking.
Get in Touch with Dr. David Markham Today
We understand how important an attractive smile is to a teenager and we are here to help. Schedule a consultation with Dr. David Markham to see if your teenager is a candidate for orthodontic treatment.
3. Treatment for Adults/Orthodontic Options for Adults
Adults Can Wear Braces Too
It is a common misconception that “only teenagers” wear braces, and the reality is that approximately 1 out of 5 people have orthodontic treatment in adulthood. With new esthetic options that are less obvious than traditional metal braces, more adults are being treated today than ever before. These exciting options include clear braces, which camouflage seamlessly in the mouth, Invisalign and lingual braces, which are often not noticed at all!
Orthodontic Treatment with Cosmetic Dentistry
Orthodontic treatment corrects not only misaligned teeth but is often useful as an important step in cosmetic dental treatment plans including full cosmetic makeovers. Often, a cosmetic dentist will ask a patient to go through orthodontic treatment prior to the start of cosmetic treatment (such as veneers) in order to achieve optimal results. By combining cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatment, additional tooth structure can be preserved, as braces are used instead of drilling additional teeth.
Pre-Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
Braces are used to help in the treatment of teenagers and adults with jaw alignment problems. This jaw alignment treatment is called orthognathic surgery and to help achieve the proper surgical jaw position, braces are worn beforehand.
Dr. David Markham Treats Adults and Children
Call Dr. David Markham’s office today at (916) 924-8970 to see if you are a candidate for braces. Remember, braces are no longer “only for kids” and more and more adults are wearing braces every day (even though you might not see the braces on the adults who are wearing one of the cosmetic braces options).