GETTING STARTED WITH ORTHODONTICS AT A YOUNG AGE
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN ORTHODONTICS?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY ORTHODONTIC EVALUATION?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
WHY IS AGE 7 CONSIDERED THE OPTIMAL TIME FOR SCREENING?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are: Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth. Preserving space for unerupted teeth. Reducing the need for tooth removal. Reducing treatment time with braces.Creating room for crowded teeth. Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth.
WHAT WE DO
Orthodontics isn't just about pretty teeth, it's all about a healthy bite and smile. When you or your child become a patient at Dr Gostovich's practice, we focus on giving you a smile that will last for a lifetime, one that functions well and looks beautiful.
If you're looking to straighten your smile without braces, Invisalign® clear aligners are a perfect choice for many people. Invisalign straightens teeth utilizing a clear plastic aligner that is virtually invisible. Invisalign is the ideal choice for adults who want a healthy, beautiful smile without metal braces.
Can you imagine middle school or highschool without metal braces? Thanks to Invisalign Teen, metal brackets and wires are no longer a rite of passage for teenagers. Now teens can straighten their teeth and smile while doing it with the convenient, comfortable and virtually invisible treatment.
LIGHTFORCE 3D PRINTED CUSTOM BRACES
We’re excited to be able to recommend LightForce brackets for many of our patients, including both teens and adults with a variety of orthodontic needs. These 3D-printed braces are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly, which means an efficient, more discreet, and more comfortable treatment from start to finish.