In addition to Invisalign, Dr. Martinez offers ortho braces made of metal, ceramic or acrylic. The braces may be removable or bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. You can choose brackets that have clear color. Wires are also made of materials that make them less noticeable than in the past and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening for children by the age of 7. At that age the teeth and jaws are developed enough so that the orthodontist can see if there will be any serious bite problems in the future. Most of the time treatment is not necessary at age 7, but it gives the parents and dentist time to observe the child's development and decide on the best mode of treatment. The earlier you start, the more time you have to plan ahead and prevent the formation of serious problems.
Research shows that serious orthodontic problems can be more easily corrected when the child’s skeleton is still growing and flexible. By correcting the skeletal problems at a younger age we can prepare the mouth for the eventual eruption of the permanent teeth. If the permanent teeth have adequate space to erupt they will come in fairly straight. If the teeth erupt fairly straight their tendency to get crooked again after the braces come off is diminished significantly. After the permanent teeth have erupted, usually from age 12-14, complete braces are placed for final alignment and detailing of the bite. Thus the final stage of treatment is quicker and easier on the patient. This phase of treatment usually lasts from 12 - 18 month and is not started until all of the permanent teeth are erupted. Doing orthodontic treatments in two steps provides excellent results often allowing the doctor to avoid removal of permanent teeth and jaw surgery. The treatment done when some of the baby teeth are still present is called Phase-1. The last part of treatment after all the permanent teeth have erupted is called Phase-2.
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