Orthodontics is a type of advanced dental care that centers on diagnosis, treatment, and preventive care of dental and facial anomalies and deformities. At Crawford Orthodontic Care in Lithia Springs, Stockbridge, Kennesaw, Duluth, and Norcross, Georgia, Keith Crawford, DMD, and the skilled specialists correct teeth and jaw positioning using advanced procedures and treatments to give you an amazing smile. Call the office nearest you for an appointment now.
The ideal age to start orthodontic care is around 7 years old. That might sound young, but there’s a very good reason for it.
When you’re around 6-7, your future jaw and teeth patterns are usually quite clear already. The Crawford Orthodontic Care team uses advanced imaging and precise predictive formulas to determine how teeth will erupt and how that will affect the jaw and mouth.
If a child’s jaw is growing too slowly or too fast to properly accommodate their teeth, it’s important to correct that issue early. Usually, this happens through a two-step treatment that first corrects jaw movement and later aligns teeth.
Early treatment can help you avoid more complicated treatment, and possibly surgery, later in life. But just because early care is ideal, it doesn’t mean you can’t get orthodontic treatment at any age.
Adult orthodontics is very common, as many adults didn’t get the orthodontic care they needed when they were younger. No matter your age, the best time to straighten your teeth is now.
Orthodontics care can include many different types of appliances and treatments, including:
Habit appliances are mainly used in young children. They correct thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, both problems that could lead to serious tooth and oral health issues if left unchecked.
Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. You can choose from metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and invisible aligners.
Retainers keep your teeth from resuming their former position after you finish braces treatment. Retainers are a critical part of care, so never neglect retainer wear.
Surgical orthodontics refers to orthognathic, or jaw, surgery, which is performed by a medical doctor known as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
You might need this type of surgery if you have jaw malformation or another problem that prevents you from starting traditional orthodontic treatment. After your surgery, the Crawford Orthodontic Care team can design the ideal orthodontic plan to correct your bite.
Every orthodontic case is unique, so you might need more than one of these approaches.
It’s different for every patient. In general, most patients wear braces for 6-30 months, with the average time being approximately 22 months.
After that, you’ll wear a retainer to maintain your results. The Crawford Orthodontic Care team will let you know what to expect when you begin treatment.
Call the Crawford Orthodontic Care office closest to you to learn more today.