Right Age for Treatment

Young Children

Dr. Poser and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child receive his or her first orthodontic examination by the age of 7. Early diagnosis and treatment can correct small problems before they become big problems.

Typical signs of the need for an orthodontic exam may include, but are not limited to the early or late loss of teeth, difficulty in chewing, mouth-breathing, finger sucking, crowded teeth, jaw dysfunction, a sunken or protruding jaw or misaligned teeth. Signs of potential orthodontic problems may not be obvious. Our initial exams are at no-charge and are the most sensible means to assure proper oral health.

Early diagnosis and treatment in many cases can help to avoid more extensive treatment in the future years after the jaw and face have developed. Multi-phase, early interceptive treatment is not always necessary but will be recommended when early treatment can benefit your child.

Adolescents

A healthy smile is a confident smile, and we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to smile with confidence. Orthodontic treatment from Dr. Poser can provide your child with the opportunity to feel good about themselves and smile with confidence.

Orthodontics is more than straightening crooked teeth. An overbite, under bite, a dysfunctional smile and a sunken or protruding chin, are problems that can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Proper tooth and jaw alignment are critical to achieving long-term oral health.

Adults

Today’s general public is typically very well informed, especially when it comes to proper health. What today’s adult may not know is that it is never too late to achieve a perfect and healthy smile for themselves. Adult orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more popular every day. Advances in technology now provide for more discriminate treatment and quicker results.

As we age, misalignment of the teeth is very common, even if you have had braces earlier in life. Oftentimes simple treatment is the answer to gaining or regaining a perfect and healthy smile. With fewer office visits, and the availability of aesthetic braces, there is no reason why every adult shouldn’t have the perfect smile.

Teeth provide the support structure for the soft tissue of the lower face, including lips, cheeks, and marionette lines. By repositioning the teeth and jaw, skin can appear tighter and lips can appear fuller. We can oftentimes achieve greater facial aesthetics without surgery and/or the extraction of teeth by using methods to broaden the smile and reposition the teeth and gums.

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