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Dynamic Diagnosis for Children at about age 7

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven when there is a mix of permanent teeth and baby teeth.  An orthodontic examination to establish baseline records at that age is a very good thing to do as it allows dynamic diagnosis.  So what is dynamic diagnosis?  Sometimes abnormalities such as crowding, cross-bites, overbites or others might be best treated early to prevent worsening.  But at many other times it is best to wait and watch over a period of months or even years to see what the abnormality is doing.   Problems do one of three things over time.  They get worse, get better, or stay the same.  Dynamic diagnosis means making a set of records at a young age and then watching to see not only what the problem is at one point, but how it’s trending over time. So observation over time helps to assure that early treatment is actually necessary and that we are not treating something that might get better on its own. Check out our What Sets Us Apart page to read more.

Early Treatment for Children:  When a problem is best treated early these are some of the things Dr. Bruno may address.

  • Correction and guidance of growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Creation of more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoiding the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correction of thumb-sucking or other oral habits

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see Dr. Bruno:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb-sucking beyond the time that the permanent front teeth are emerging
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face

Please contact our office to schedule a complimentary appointment for an orthodontic examination. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.

Orthodontics for Teens

Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!

Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.

How long will I have to wear braces?

The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows Dr. B to limit the complexity of your treatment in the teen years.  If you received early treatment, you will probably spend less time in braces than you otherwise might.
  • What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes.  Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.  Remember that treatment time estimates are just that; estimates.
  • YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you, keep your teeth spotless and attend all of your appointments plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment.

Braces Your Way!

Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:

  • Ceramic braces: The color blends with the teeth: InOvation C
  • Self-ligating braces: InOvation R
  • Traditional metal mini-braces:  Very small and comfortable and can be tied with changeable colors!
  • Invisalign

Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our office to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one-in-five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.  In Dr. Bruno’s office that number is higher.  Many adults are choosing to receive treatment both because they understand the importance of healthy teeth to their general health and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care and now you can too.

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:

  • Desire for a better smile
  • A need for movement of teeth so that the dentist can provide the best restorative care possible:
    • Tooth movement often makes possible beautiful and durable restorative work by your dentist that would be unworkable without it. 
    • Sometimes teeth can be moved to replace lost teeth; avoiding the need for dental implants or bridges.
  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease due to difficult hygiene
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure
  • Desire for a healthier mouth

Treatment options for adults

Most adults have grown to have the personality strength to allow them to have braces without fear of embarrassment.  Modern technology makes this even better. Today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:

  • Ceramic braces: The color blends with the teeth: InOvation C
  • Self-ligating braces: InOvation R
  • Traditional metal mini-braces:  Very small and comfortable and can be tied with changeable colors!
  • Invisalign

The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:

The main difference when treating adults is that in younger patients the jaws and teeth are still developing. Growth and development has stopped in adults.  The teeth can still be moved effectively but the absence of growth places limits that sometimes require different approaches. 

Our practice recognizes that adults have different needs and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect.

Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — This is where close cooperation with your dentist is so important in insuring your long term dental health; a key to long term physical health.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible. If you have been living with teeth that make you unhappy, a solution exists.  Call today and schedule a complimentary examination.