Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur around age 7.
Though orthodontic treatment is usually not necessary at this young age, an early consultation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for a more effective treatment plan.. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not yet necessary, Dr. Masri will carefully monitor growth and development of your child and begin treatment only when it is ideal. There is, of course, no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Both children and adults can benefit from treatment. Orthodontic treatment not only improves the health of your teeth and gums but can dramatically improve personal appearance and self-esteem.
Braces gently apply pressure to move teeth into proper alignment. Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance and the severity of the condition. Each patient’s treatment requires individual attention. Through X-rays, dental impressions and photographs, Dr. Masri will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you or your child.