The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children first see an orthodontist as early as age seven, and even earlier if a parent or the dentist discovers a problem. This does not mean every child is ready to begin formal treatment at this time. Dr. Curtis starts early treatment only if there is something that can be done to make future treatment more manageable. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help guide facial growth, which can often prevent more serious problems from developing. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly effects the treatment result. Since no two patients are alike, there is no specific age that is best to begin treatment.
While people tend to associate orthodontics with children, more than 25 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. The less noticeable braces that are now available have contributed to an increase in the popularity of orthodontic treatment. Also, new techniques and materials allow for extended intervals between appointments to make treatment more convenient than ever. Both children and adults can fully appreciate the return on an orthodontic investment – a great smile, improved self-confidence and better dental health for a lifetime. Whatever the age of the patient, our goal is to provide the best and most stable results possible, while minimizing treatment time in braces.