Orthodontics is the first specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malaligned teeth.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment :
- An Overbite, an Underbite
- An Crossbite, an Openbite
- Misplaced midline of anterior teeth
- Spacing between the teeth as a result of missing teeth
- Crowding of teeth
- Missing or extra teeth
- A disorder of jaw joint
- Misaligned or Incorrect jaw positions
What can orthodontic treatment give you ?
- Straight teeth
- A good occlusion
- A better smile and a better facial appearance
- Possibly better self-esteem and a more confident you
At what age can you start orthodontic screening and treatment?
In the past, orthodontic treatment was common only during adolescent or teenage years, when all the permanent teeth had erupted, But today the situation is different; you can meet patients of a wide range of ages in an orthodontist’s waiting room.
EARLY CHILDHOOD – Certain conditions, such as crowding, may be easier to address by starting an orthodontic treatment from the age of 7. Early treatment allows to take advantage of the jaw bones growth process to guide teeth to their correct position.
ADOLESCENT AND TEENAGE YEARS – If there are no problems that require an early intervention, orthodontic treatment is most effective at this age when all the permanent teeth have erupted and most of the jaw development has completed.
ADULTHOOD – Treatment in adults generally takes more time and might require corrective jaw surgery because the jaw bones are already fully developed.