Who Needs Braces
Dental braces are used to straighten crooked teeth, align upper and lower jaws, improve the aesthetics of smiles and faces, and relieve pressure on temporomandibular joints. Orthodontics refers to the use of devices to move teeth or underlying bone.
There are a number of reasons why people need braces. It can range from the extreme need for orthodontic work to the simple needs for a prettier smile.
Orthodontic treatment most commonly begins between ages 9 and 14, and can vary from patient to patient because children in this age range have at least some permanent teeth and are still growing.
Early functional orthodontics for children can correct dental problems to facilitate the proper growth of teeth. Expanding arches and making space for incoming teeth can eliminate the need for extractions to create the most optimal smiles.
Dr. Zajac has studied extensively in the field of Functional Orthodontics. In 2010, he received a fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and is currently working on an application for a Fellowship with the International Association for Orthodontists.
He recommends a consultation with your child anytime between the ages of 4 and 7 years of age, to see if they can benefit from early orthodontic treatment.
“Parents want their children to be treated as soon as problems arise. They do not want treatment to be delayed until all the permanent teeth erupt and costs could escalate. Early treatment minimizes the time that children need to wear braces and is the treatment of choice. The ideal time for treatment is any time after age 4 when problems such as narrow jaws, a thumb sucking habit, mouth breathing or malformed jaws are recognized. Since ninety percent of the face is developed by age 12, we must treat early in order to guide the growth of our younger patients.”
“If treatment is delayed until all the permanent teeth erupt, this increases the incidence of extractions.” Dr. Brock Rondeau
Today one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. If your teeth are healthy, orthodontic treatment can move them at any age.
It is important that any existing problems, such as periodontal disease or worn, damaged, or missing teeth, be addressed first. Dr. Zajac will work with you to ensure that you are a good candidate for braces which will increase the likelihood of an optimal outcome.
Adult Orthodontics can be incremental in Pre-Prosthetic Dentistry: Repositioning of shifted teeth due to surrounding tooth loss allows for more ideal conditions for replacement work (bridges or implants), therefore beneficial in helping to restore a mouth that requires significant rehabilitation.