An orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, but there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but an examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Contact us today to find out if it is the right time for your child to begin orthodontics.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention by an orthodontist can help guide growth and development, preventing potential serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Berman will carefully monitor your child’s growth and development and begin treatment when the time is right.
Braces twice!? This is a very common question that is asked at an orthodontist office.
Sometimes, children present with orthodontic problems that should be fixed at a younger age. Phase I treatment is a targeted treatment to correct a specific problem. We will always inform you what the goals of Phase I treatment are so you are educated about your child’s treatment.
It is very important to known that most young children do NOT need Early Phase I treatment. However, Dr. Berman still recommends an initial evaluation at Embrace Family Orthodontics around the age of 7, so that we can determine if and when treatment may be necessary.
If Phase I treatment is necessary, it is usually limited to 1 year, after which your child will have a “braces recess” while the adult teeth develop. After the adult teeth develop, your child will be assessed for Phase II in order to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
If Phase I treatment is not necessary, then we will likely see your child on a 6-12 month basis for “growth guidance” checks to ensure that the baby teeth are falling out normally and that the adult teeth are erupting.
At Embrace Family Orthodontics we are proud to offer a variety of options when it comes to orthodontic treatments. Each of the following options have their own advantages. If you have any questions about the treatments below please do not hesitate to contact our office! Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Serving Hawthorne NJ, Paterson & Haledon New Jersey
Traditional metal braces use stainless steel brackets to adjust your teeth into the desired position. With today’s technology, brackets are smaller, making them less noticeable and more comfortable than braces have been in the past.
Similar to traditional metal braces, these braces use a ceramic bracket that is almost invisible making your orthodontic treatment just as effective and less noticeable. This type of braces is more common adult patients because of their aesthetic appeal.
Invisalign and Clear Aligners
These are clear aligners that are invisible, custom-made, computer plastic trays, that straighten teeth gradually without the use of visible brackets. A major advantage of aligners is that these aligners are all removable so there is no limitation on what you can eat or drink, and brushing and flossing is much easier than it is with braces. Aligners offer an alternative to traditional braces especially for adults that may be concerned about wearing braces.
One of the best things about aligners is the minimal impact they have on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended for 22 hours a day without much effort.
Braces are not just for kids anymore. Teeth can be straightened at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups- including adults.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite may contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw pain.
The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include traditional metal braces, clear braces or Invisalign. During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. After your photos and X-rays have been taken we will outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost. More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment today than ever before. It is never too late to improve your greatest asset – your smile.
Embrace your smile today!