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Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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For Children

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have an initial consultation with the orthodontist by the age of 7. A timely examination may reveal habits or jaw growth abnormalities that are best corrected during the critical growing years.

When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and the incoming permanent teeth. As a result, early treatment can achieve better fit of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for the permanent teeth thereby reducing the likelihood of impacted teeth, and correct harmful oral habits that can permanently alter facial growth. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

For Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and we find that our adult clients especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. Today one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Fortunately we have many invisible and cosmetic options to consider.

Some adults have experienced loss of teeth or breakdown of bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. Dr. Wohl works closely with your general dentist and other dental specialists to provide you with a comprehensive plan to resolve all your concerns. As jaw growth is limited in adult patients, more extreme cases may requires jaw surgery or implants in conjunction with orthodontics to achieve an optimal result.