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 dentistry for children and braces for any ages. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and learn more!
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. It is best to have your child’s teeth evaluated by the time they are seven. 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. By bringing them in at an early age, any work they may need done will be minimal compared to waiting until they are older.
Clear aligners are also an option for correcting your teeth. We offer Invisalign for patients who want their teeth adjusted without anyone noticing. These aligners require several visits, as you will receive a new aligner about every week. It is also very important that you follow the plan set for you by your Orthodontist to ensure they work in a timely manner. In order to use Invisalign, you must meet certain requirements. You are more limited here because the misalignment of your teeth cannot be overly severe. If they are, you will most likely need to choose between metal or ceramic braces.
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. We will also create a specific plan so you know what to do between visits. Practicing healthy oral habits at home is half the battle. We will go over how to brush and floss properly when you have braces, and what to look out for between visits that need to be brought to our attention. We are here for you both during and after this process and are eager to help you create a beautiful smile.
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! We know that after your first visit, you will see why so many families trust us with all of their dental health needs.