The earlier we catch problems with your child’s bite, the simpler they are to fix. The results are often better than if we wait and will require significantly less work. We may not need to keep braces on your child for as long when they are younger, which means less expense for you.
The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children visit an orthodontist as soon as their dentist notices that there might be a problem, or before they are seven years old. We may not have to do anything at this age, other than monitor the child’s mouth. However, if we continue to watch your child, we can start treatment right away if something arises.
Early intervention can be beneficial. We will watch how your child’s mouth and teeth grow and develop, so if we see something that needs to be done, we can do it as soon as possible. We will also know exactly when to start treatment, if needed.
Early treatment allows us to do the following:
- Make room for the permanent teeth when there is overcrowding
- Ensure facial symmetry
- Reduce trauma when the front teeth are protruding
Early treatment also reduces the need to remove teeth and the time patients must wear braces. According to AAO studies, skipping orthodontic treatment can lead to the following:
- Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
- Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
With proper and timely orthodontic treatment, you may have the following benefits:
- A healthier mouth since crowded teeth can be hard to brush causing cavities and gum disease.
- Fewer broken teeth since protruding teeth are more likely to get broken.
When you imagine braces, you might think of your teenage years. But, fact is, it’s never too late to get your teeth straightened with adult braces. At Cedar Park Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, offers orthodontic treatments, including adult braces and Invisalign®. Book your consultation for adult braces by phone, or schedule online at Cedar Park Orthodontics today.
Traditional metal braces aren’t the only way to straighten your teeth. Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, offers Invisalign® to his patients at Cedar Park Orthodontics, who are looking for an alternative method for getting their teeth and jaw into better alignment. To learn more, schedule a visit to Cedar Park Orthodontics’ conveniently located clinic in Cedar Park, Texas. Book your appointment by phone or online today.
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Invisalign for Teens
Many teenagers are affected by malocclusions that need to be corrected. However, the thought of going through high school with braces may be your teen’s worst nightmare. Luckily, Invisalign Teen® can be very helpful. Your teenager can get the smile that he or she deserves without bulky wires and brackets.
Invisalign Teen® uses clear aligners, so nobody will even know they are wearing them. As long as your teenager wears them for at least twenty-two hours a day, they will get proper treatment without the embarrassment of wires and braces. Even better, your teenager will be able to remove the aligners when it is time to eat, allowing them unlimited food choices. There are no restrictions that usually come with braces, like avoiding corn on the cob. Once they are finished eating, however, it is essential to brush their teeth AND the aligners to ensure fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
Dental braces are often the key to a straight and healthy smile. At Cedar Park Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, and the team might recommend braces if your teeth are crowded, have gaps, or are generally misaligned. To discuss braces with a professional orthodontist, call Cedar Park Orthodontics, or book an appointment online today.
After you have worn your braces for the appropriate amount of time, we move into the retention stage of your treatment. It is VERY important not to skip this step, or all of your hard work will not pay off as you had hoped. Your teeth may shift around or move back to where they were instead of staying in place.
During retention, you will have to wear retainers as your teeth adjust to staying in their new place without braces. You should wear your retainers as recommended by your dentist. Some should be worn only at night, while others need to be worn almost all of the time.
Brushing your teeth is easier in this phase, since the retainers are removable. All you have to do is remove your retainer, and then you will be able to brush your teeth better than you were able to when you had braces. You should also brush your retainer thoroughly before placing it back to your mouth.
If you experience jaw stiffness or pain that negatively affects your life, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders might be to blame. At Cedar Park Orthodontics in Cedar Park, Texas, Steve Snodell, DDS, MS, and the orthodontics team offer night guards and other TMJ treatments to alleviate discomfort and improve jaw joint mobility. Schedule an appointment with Cedar Park Orthodontics by phone, or book online at the first sign of jaw pain.
Are you embarrassed by misaligned teeth? If so, invest in bite correction at Cedar Park Orthodontics, located in Cedar Park, Texas, and led by Steve Snodell, DDS, MS. Dr. Snodell offers a wide variety of bite correction services designed to restore the beauty of your smile and its function. Find out more by contacting the team over the phone or via the online booking tool today.