Choosing the Optimal Time for Your First Orthodontic Appointment
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that patients have their first examination by an orthodontist at the age of 7. Orthodontic treatment usually begins between 8 and 14 years of age. Some problems are easier to correct if they’re treated right away. Some people can benefit from two phases of treatment whereas other patients may only need one phase of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Smith, in our Cobb County offices at Powder Springs and Marietta, can determine if treatment will be needed and can tell you the best time to start.
This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Improve the way the lips meet
Orthodontics for Teenagers: Invisalign® Teen
If you need orthodontic treatment, but you’re worried about how braces will look, don’t worry. Invisalign® Teen can treat many cases, and uses nearly invisible aligners that won’t show up in school photos or interfere with sports. You can also remove them to brush and floss to maintain good oral hygiene. And if you accidentally lose an aligner, there’s no need to worry. You get up to six free replacements.* Take the Teen Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign® will work for you.