Did you know that there are steps necessary starting orthodontics? Many people may be led to believe that when their child is ready for braces, they can visit the orthodontist and begin treatment. However, in some cases, they may need extra help before starting the alignment process. This may include the use of space maintainers for premature tooth loss or expanders to create enough room before alignment. Today, your Riverside Dental Group of California is here to explain the importance of phase one treatment.
When To Start Interceptive Treatment
Your child should visit the orthodontist by the age of seven. Although this may seem young, this is around the age when their molars should have grown. The orthodontist can examine their smile and create the most efficient plan based on their needs. If your little one’s jaw is not properly positioned, or more space needs to be created, expanders, retainers, and space maintainers can be utilized. This interceptive treatment can shorten the process of braces and reduce potential complications.
Kids can start wearing braces around the age of eight to 14 years old. During this process, brackets will be bonded to each tooth, and archwire will be added, and held in place with rubber bands. Gradually, their teeth will be shifted into the correct position. Every few weeks, the patient will need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments. Typically, your child will need braces for around a year and a half, but this treatment time can differ depending on the patient. There are several benefits to having a straight smile, including a more visually appealing grin, speech improvement, and better oral hygiene.
Alignment As An Adult
If you are an adult, it is not too late to begin orthodontics. Thanks to modern technology, there are many options when it comes to aligning your smile. Traditional braces are a great option, but if you would like something less detectable, we also offer clear braces or Invisalign. Your dentist can help guide you in choosing the best option for your needs.
For patients with only minor alignment problems, cosmetic dentistry is also available. Cosmetic enhancements such as bonding and contouring help achieve the appearance of a symmetrical smile in one appointment. If you want the look of an improved smile without needing years of treatment, this could be a good option for you.
Begin Phase One Treatment Today
To schedule an orthodontic consultation, call your nearest Riverside Dental Group location today.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.