When Is The Right Time for My Child to See an Orthodontist?
The goal of pediatric orthodontics is to assist your child in growing and developing into the most attractive face with a winning smile. Not every child has a normal growth pattern. Sometimes, due to heredity or inadvertent habits, like jaw leaning, abnormal and unattractive growth occurs. Most research has found that once an abnormal pattern establishes itself, it will continue unless there is orthodontic intervention. That’s why it is so important to have every child see an orthodontist by age 7.
Orthodontists are dental specialists trained in facial growth and development. One of Dr. Casson’s special interests is in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal growth patterns. By bringing your child in at an early age, Dr. Casson can begin to watch your child on a serial or regular basis. In this manner, Dr. Casson can identify normal and abnormal facial growth patterns and possibly intercept these problems early; (for example: if your child has a very small chin and lower jaw). By seeing your child early (ages 7-12), Dr. Casson can properly diagnose the problem. He can counsel the parents and child to pay special attention to certain habits which may be a major contributor to the abnormal growth pattern
If less-than-perfect teeth are making you hide your smile, orthodontics may be the answer. Today, more and more adults are discovering that it’s not too late to improve crooked or poorly aligned teeth and that treatment takes less time and costs less money than they had believed.
A pleasing smile is great to have at any age. When you look your best you feel good about yourself. The self-confidence gained from a beautiful smile is rewarding in many ways…improving your smile is always a change for the better!
How Long Will I Have To Wear Braces?
Today, adult orthodontic treatment is much different from the past. Treatment can be much shorter. Many adults can be treated in 12 to 18 months or less. If your smile doesn’t make you happy, take action today. Call Dr. Casson to find out how orthodontics can give you the confident, winning smile you’ve always wanted.
Benefits of Orthodontics
There are many potential benefits:
Helpful modification of jaw growth in children
Correction of thumb and finger habits
Rectify jaw position and function
Improving the patient’s bite
Reduces potential of future gum disease
Easier to clean the teeth
Better jaw-joint function
Cosmetic Improvement to enhance self-image