The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist by age 7, and perhaps earlier if a an orthodontic concern is identified. Around age 7, the first adult molars typically erupt, helping to define a patient’s back bite and allowing the orthodontist to more effectively evaluate the bite. Treatment at this age may not be necessary, but orthodontic monitoring can help anticipate the ideal timeline for the most effective treatment and also help to prevent more serious problems in the future.
Some results of effective early treatment:
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Creating space for crowded, erupting teeth
- Reducing the risk of injury to protruding front teeth
- Preserving needed space for permanent teeth
- Reducing future orthodontic treatment time
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At Burkhardt-Pecora Orthodontics, we love the energy and excitement teenagers bring to our office and feel that teenagers make wonderful orthodontic patients. By the time your child has reached their teenage years, they most likely have the necessary permanent teeth to allow full treatment to be completed. Our office utilizes comprehensive state of the art orthodontic treatment to achieve the best aesthetic results while correcting malocclusions (poor bite) and other imperfections.
Today, one orthodontic patient in five is an adult. You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. No matter what your age, proper alignment of teeth contributes to your good health and a beautiful smile.
Leaving misaligned teeth untreated may lead to other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, as well as abnormal wearing of tooth enamel and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment can contribute to good dental health. Advances in orthodontics have made treatment more comfortable and more successful than ever for people of all ages.**
**Information provided by the American Association of Orthodontists
Burkhardt Pecora Orthodontics uses custom retainers for all their patients to help ensure that the results of their treatment can be enjoyed long term. Following the recommended amount of wear and proper care of your retainers is important. Please use the following guidelines to care for your retainers and protect your amazing smile!
- Retainers should be worn as directed by the doctor. Most patients begin with full time retainer wear. We will continue to monitor your bite and alignment and let you know when you can reduce your retainer wear. If at any time you have concerns about your retainers or how they fit, please call our office during office hours so we can evaluate your retainers.
- Your retainers should be removed for brushing and flossing. We ask that you clean your retainers at this time also. Products are available to aid in cleaning your retainers. Brushing your retainer with your toothbrush will help remove any food particles and bacteria that may be present.
- When your retainers are not in your mouth, they should always be stored in your retainer case. Retainers should NEVER be wrapped in a paper towel or napkin as they will more likely be thrown away accidently. You should also avoid leaving your retainers on a cafeteria tray.
- Keep your retainers away from pets. They are attracted to the smell of your saliva and would love to use your retainer as a chew toy!
- Never boil or microwave your retainers. Heat can melt and distort them. Avoid leaving your retainers in a hot car during the summer months.
- We recommend that while wearing your retainers, you avoid beverages with sugar or color as it can increase our chance of decay or staining. Water may be enjoyed with your retainers in.