Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Pamela Wigle Family Dentistry works with orthodontic specialists in the community to provide the specialist care required for desired orthodontic results. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions, which enable your orthodontist to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Guidelines established by both the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows your orthodontist to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.