Children and Teens
As many as 60% of adolescents in the United States will have some form of orthodontic treatment, and an even higher percentage could benefit from care. We love treating kids, and we love to help make their teeth look great and to have a bite that leads to a lifetime of smiling and great oral health.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child see an orthodontist no later than age 7 and we agree.
While most kids wont start braces till age 9 or a little later, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child’s first check-up with an orthodontist be performed when an orthodontic problem is first recognized, but no later than age 7. Why age 7? By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to evaluate the developing teeth and the jaws, which in turn can provide a wealth of information. AAO orthodontists are trained to spot subtle problems even in young children.
There are generally three outcomes of an initial check-up:
- No treatment is expected to be necessary.
- Treatment may be needed in the future, so the child will be followed periodically while the face and jaws continue to grow.
- There is a problem that lends itself to early treatment
At ALTA SMILES we always take a conservative approach to care and don’t want to start early treatment on patients unless it’s truly necessary.
You’re never too old to transform your smile!
Everyone wants a beautiful smile, a perfect bite and long-term oral health. Orthodontic treatment can help most adults.
Many of our adult patients had braces when they were younger and their teeth have shifted, while others have never had orthodontic treatment. Either way, we have great treatment options that are fast, effective and super-discreet. They include ALTA Aligners™ and ALTA Clear™ braces.
When our adult patients finish treatment and unveil their new smile they invariably ask themselves why they waited so long to do it!