Orthodontic problems such as crooked or misaligned teeth (also known as a malocclusion) are more than cosmetic issues. If left untreated, they can even lead to more serious problems down the road. At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer comprehensive orthodontic services to patients of all ages. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and learn more!
When Should My Child Get Braces?
Children should wait until all their permanent teeth have come in before receiving orthodontic treatment. For most children, this happens around six or seven years of age. During your child’s first appointment, our skilled orthodontist will observe his or her teeth and determine which type of orthodontic treatment will be necessary.
What Can Orthodontics Treat?
Orthodontic treatments are often necessary to treat a wide variety of oral health concerns, including any of the following:
- Underbite: when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth.
- Overbite: when the upper teeth protrude too far over the lower teeth. A normal bite should have the top teeth slightly overlapping those on the bottom, but not too much.
- Crooked or Misaligned Teeth: teeth that are crowded, spaced too far apart or otherwise improperly aligned.
When left untreated, any of these conditions can lead to problems such as increased enamel erosion, TMJ disorder, difficulty speaking and eating, jaw pain and more.
Am I Too Old for Braces?
It’s never too late for orthodontic care. More and more adults choose to straighten their teeth every year. Fortunately, orthodontic advancements allow for more treatment options than ever before, meaning you can still get the smile you’ve always wanted in a more discreet manner than what used to be available. During your first appointment, our orthodontist will help you learn more about your options and decide on the best approach for your needs.
Orthodontic treatment options can include traditional braces, ceramic braces or clear aligners. The length of treatment varies greatly from patient to patient and may take anywhere from one to several years. We’ll help you learn more about what you or your child can expect during your consultation.
Learn More About Our Orthodontics Today
If you are interested in finding out more about the orthodontic treatment options we offer at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we’ll be more than happy to help. Contact our office in Layton to get started!