When it comes to straightening teeth, the treatment needs and preferences of an adult are different from those of a child. At Ward Orthodontics, we carefully tailor our treatment plans to match the needs and preferences of each individual patient.
Braces for Children
The American Association of Orthodontists states that children should be evaluated by an orthodontist when they are about seven years old. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify problems that should be treated early in order to prevent bigger problems down the road. At this age, the orthodontist can provide early treatment to influence the growth and development of the child’s teeth and jaws.
Early treatment is sometimes beneficial to help avoid tooth extractions and correct speech problems. Early treatment can also help eliminate thumb-sucking habits, jaw asymmetries, popping jaw joints, snoring, and airway issues. During your initial consultation, Dr. Ward will discuss whether your child could benefit from early treatment. If Dr. Ward feels that your child is not yet ready to start treatment, he will monitor the child’s growth and development until the time is right to begin orthodontics.
Braces For Teens
Although some teenagers are very excited to get their braces, no one wants to have their braces for longer than necessary. We use high-tech, state-of-the-art braces and treatment protocols that significantly reduce the treatment time. Our braces also use lower forces and are therefore more comfortable than traditional braces. The total treatment time depends on several factors, including the complexity of the treatment plan, patient cooperation, and individual variation of how each person’s teeth respond to the treatment.
At Ward Orthodontics, we are committed to making orthodontic treatment a wonderful experience for both the patient and the parent. We do everything we can to create a fun, cheerful environment. We understand that modern families often have busy schedules, which is why we make it a priority to get our patients in and out of the treatment chair on-time.
Braces For Adults
Orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more common in adults. At Ward Orthodontics, about 25% of our patients are adults. Most adults get orthodontic treatment to improve their appearance and to maintain the health of their teeth and their jaws.
Ward Orthodontics offers many esthetic treatment options for adults, including Invisalign, lingual (behind-the-teeth) braces, and ceramic (tooth-colored) clear braces. Adults also appreciate the shorter treatment times and greater comfort of our special treatment protocols. We’re determined to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted in a manner that is least disruptive to your lifestyle.