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Braces for Kids

When thinking about braces for kids, a little prevention goes a long way. An early treatment plan for your child lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends parents bring their children to an orthodontist by age 7 for an initial evaluation.

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Benefits of Early Treatment

A child’s jaw and face grow very fast. Left unmonitored or unguided, this growth can affect crowding of adult teeth and the overall shape of the face. An early treatment plan can help guide growth and prevent adult teeth from crowding for the most beautiful smile and face. Additionally, bringing your young ones to early examinations helps reinforce the value of taking care of their teeth from the earliest age, ensuring a lifetime of good habits.

Treatment Approach

Phase 1

When considering braces for kids, early evaluations can detect any preventable problems such as crowding or cross bites. Early treatments can include regulating the width of the dental arches and gaining space for permanent teeth. This preventive care helps to reduce tooth extraction and impacted permanent teeth, as well as correct thumb-sucking, abnormal swallowing, and speech problems.

Phase 2

In Phase 2, we make sure each tooth is perfectly located to be in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. Managing tooth location maximizes the health and aesthetic benefits for a beautiful face and smile.

Braces for Teens

Smile Doctors’ braces for teens help patients maximize their oral health, boost their self-esteem, and Smile Happy! Most patients get their braces between the ages of 12 and 16, as most permanent teeth have grown in by this time. Spacing, crowding, and issues with bite and alignment are also easily detected at this age.

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Benefits of Braces for Teens

Start early: Working alongside a teen’s natural period of growth and development can result in less correction required in the future, as well as the ability to take advantage of the many available modern options.

Post-braces: Properly-aligned teeth will be easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, making cavities and decay less likely, while also alleviating bad bites which could lead to chips or sore jaw muscles.

Giving your teen braces means so much more than just a healthy, beautiful smile. Straighter teeth contribute to clearer speech and many studies have shown that people with healthier smiles have more confidence and often enjoy more success in school, work, and in their communities.

Treatment Approach

Our first step is to determine what treatment is right for you. Teens can benefit from the modern technology and increased comfort of Damon® braces or Invisalign® clear aligners, the two treatments Smile Doctors primarily recommends. Regardless of the type of treatment, we make sure each tooth is perfectly located to be in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. Managing tooth location maximizes the health and aesthetic benefits for a beautiful face and smile.

Braces for Adults

Adult braces and orthodontic treatments at Smile Doctors help patients reclaim health and confidence! After all, orthodontic treatment is not just for kids and teens: The American Association of Orthodontists reports one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.

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Benefits of Braces for Adults

If you are an adult with crooked teeth, you probably know that keeping them clean can be extra difficult. Adult braces address the issues of bacteria and plaque build-up, making your dental care much easier and increasing chances to keep natural teeth, avoiding costly dentures, extractions, or prosthetics in the future.

Your smile not only affects your confidence and how you present yourself, straight teeth also drive whole-body health. Aligned bites also prevent decay and relieve pressure on certain teeth and jaw joints, helping to avoid tempo mandibular (temporomandibular) joint disorder, or TMJ. Headaches, earaches, tooth cracks, and even gastrointestinal problems can all be relieved with adult braces as well.

Treatment Approach

Maybe your parents could not afford braces when you were growing up - but now you can! Braces are now more affordable than ever, with increased insurance coverage and Smile Doctors’ flexible payment plans. If cost is holding you back, call your closest Smile Doctors location, and we can review your financing options and insurance policy to maximize your benefit and minimize your cost.

Then, we’ll determine which treatment is right for you. Many adults prefer the aesthetics and flexibility of Invisalign® clear aligners, but Smile Doctors also primarily recommends the modern technology and increased comfort of Damon® braces. Whatever treatment is right for you, Smile Doctors will walk with you every step of the way until you don’t just smile, you Smile Happy!

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