Orthodontic treatment is an excellent way to straighten crooked teeth and can be carried out in children as well as adults. Orthodontic treatment restores function and aesthetics, which results in a beautiful and healthy smile
Despite a growing trend towards adult orthodontics, it pays to start orthodontic treatment early for maximum effectiveness. Orthodontic evaluation in children should be carried out by the time they turn eleven. At Cooper Dermatology-Dental Services we offer orthodontic treatment for adults and children. We also have payment schedules to suit your budget.
Orthodontics and your Smile
Orthodontics can protect your bite (occlusion), maximize your teeth's effectiveness in performing their functions and create a well-aligned smile. Orthodontic treatment is now associated with the benefits of greater aesthetic appeal, increased comfort and confidence.
In more severe cases of malocclusion orthodontic treatment can be combined with maxillio-facial surgery to re-shape the jaws and provide proper function of the teeth, mouth and lips.
The Orthodontic Evaluation
At Cooper Dermatology - Dental Services an orthodontic evaluation is carried out by doing the following:
- An oral, facial and functional evaluation (i.e. clinical examination).
- Intra oral and facial photographs.
- Panoramic and cephalometric X-rays.
- Impressions for models of the teeth and bite (i.e. occlusion).
The results of this evaluation will be studied by the orthodontist and an individual treatment plan will be formulated.
During the second visit, your orthodontist will discuss the treatment plan with you or the parent/guardian in case of a child. The treatment plan will also give the patient an estimate of how many months will be required to complete the active phase of treatment. The standard treatment phase is two years. Following treatment, you may be required to wear a retainer for a period of time.
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies; it is dependent on a number of factors such as age, the severity of the malocclusion and compliance- that is how closely the patient follows the treatment plan. For example, younger patients may respond more quickly to treatment than older patients because the bones supporting young teeth are more pliable than those supporting older teeth. However, adults tend to follow treatment instructions more consistently than pre-teens.