Orthodontic treatment is not just for teenagers. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists for children to have their first visit to an orthodontist at around the age of seven years old. This is the age when most children have both baby and adult teeth and the orthodontist can diagnose and correct tooth and jaw issues early to avoid surgery in the future.
Parents may not be able to tell if their child needs orthodontic treatment. Early diagnosis means the orthodontist can:
- Help the permanent teeth grow in straight
- Make space for crowded teeth
- Modify the width of the lower and upper arches
- Avoid the need for extraction of permanent teeth
- Help treat minor speech issues
- Correct thumb sucking
Today, orthodontic treatment is very common for adults. It is reported that one in five adults has braces. The most common reasons that adults consider orthodontic treatment are:
- An underbite or overbite where the teeth do not fit together correctly
- Crowded teeth or gaps between teeth that lead to tooth decay and gum disease
- Jaw pain caused by crooked teeth
- Better oral hygiene
- A more attractive smile
There are several different options available at Lach Orthodontic Specialists for adults and teenagers who need braces. Traditional metal braces are the most common, but they are also the most obvious. This is one reason why adults tend to avoid braces, but there are other options that do not show as much. With metal braces, teenagers can opt for colored bands to express their personal style.
Ceramic braces function in the same way as metal braces, but the brackets are made from colored ceramic or plastic that matches the color of your teeth. They are not easy to see, especially in a photograph or from a distance.
Friction-free ligatureless braces are yet another option. With these braces, the brackets are not attached to rubber bands or ties. Instead, they apply tension to the wire on their own. You don’t have to deal with the friction that is typical with traditional braces, making it a comfortable treatment option.
Invisible braces like Invisalign® are clear plastic aligners that are custom-made to move your teeth into the correct position. They fit over the teeth and are virtually invisible. You do not have any dietary restrictions because you remove them when you eat. The great thing about getting this treatment at Lach Orthodontic Specialists is that Dr. Lach is a top 1% provider for Invisalign®, and the number one provider in Orlando for Invisalign®.
While the main reason why many people have orthodontic treatment is to improve their appearance, there are many other reasons that relate to your oral and overall health. Talk to the team at Lach Orthodontic Specialists in Oviedo or Lake Nona to see which treatment option is best for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.