Common Orthodontic Corrections in Adults and Children
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic — beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions, which enable our practice to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Outstanding results are also dependent on maximizing the coordination of care between you and our practice. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic objectives.
Orthodontic Treatment Timing
Dr. Hoang does not provide orthodontic treatment at this time. While it is true many general dentists may provide a series of clear aligners called Invisalign, Dr. Hoang would prefer you or your children to be treated by one of the many fine orthodontists we have in the area, as it is not her area of expertise and these orthodontists are simply amazing!
We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists by recommending that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment. This evaluation will include a radiograph called a panorex or panoramic radiograph, taken at our office. The amount of radiation is extremely low as this is a state of the art, modern, digital system.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. This is commonly known as Phase 1 orthodontics. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practice to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child such as teeth extractions and is definitely worth a visit to the orthodontist for a consultation.