Orthodontics for Children
When it comes to kids and braces there are a variety of responses. Some are excited to get their braces and they have no concern about what others may think. Some are very worried about what their family and friends will say when they smile with a mouthful of metal braces. Still others may be worried that their braces will hurt their mouth. Others will be concerned about what they can eat while they are wearing braces. Some may feel ashamed that they have crooked teeth.
It is important to address these concerns. Please reassure your child that no one needs to be ashamed if they need to wear braces. Very few children have perfectly straight smiles. The American Association of Orthodontists says that as much as 75% of all Americans suffer from some degree of orthodontic issues. Explain to your child that we simply want to help him smile with confidence.
Of course, there are also many instances where orthodontic treatment will help a child with speaking and eating difficulties. No matter the reason for orthodontic treatment, we are experienced at easing the fears and concerns of children as they consider the prospect of braces.
To determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child, we recommend an initial consultation to consider the individual needs of your child. Braces will often deal with misalignment problems of the teeth and jaws. Of course, there are numerous other options available. Your orthodontist has years of training to enable to determine which option will be the most efficient and productive for your child. Your orthodontist can explain the finer points of headgears, Herbst appliances, or palatal expanders.
There are also a variety of types of braces to work with. In addition to traditional braces that are made of metal, there are ceramic braces which are made to match the color of your child’s teeth. Invisalign is a popular option which uses clear plastic trays to slowly adjust your child’s teeth in a similar way to braces. Come in and let Dr. Hoybjerg determine the best option for your child. He can share with you the strengths and weaknesses of each option.
The cost will vary depending on the severity of your child’s orthodontic needs and the length of the treatment.
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”
Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors. We ever have braces no one will notice! Wearing braces these days is much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment lets us monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further treatment if it is necessary. Not everyone needs early treatment, but in many cases, it can make later treatment easier.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — A lot of the treatment depends on you! The amount of time it takes to achieve success can be influenced by your willingness to follow instruction.
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from:
- Ceramic braces
- Traditional metal braces
- And more!
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! And we all know the smile you will end up with for the rest of your life is well worth it!
Orthodontics for Adults
Braces are no longer only for kids! While there was a day that no adult would be seen with a mouthful of metal braces, the day has come that many adults are choosing to brighten up their smile with orthodontic treatments. There are different treatment options available which are barely noticeable, but even metal braces on adults seem to be much more accepted than they were just ten years ago.
While the average length of a treatment plan for an adult may be slightly longer than for children, the teeth of adults can definitely be adjusted. Most adults who choose braces will need to wear them for 12-24 months. Of course, they will also need to wear a retainer at the end of the orthodontic treatment in order to maintain the beautiful new smile.
Adults can certainly choose metal braces, but there are clear braces that are barely visible. This eliminates the concern for aesthetic distractions and embarrassment. Also, many adult patients opt for Invisalign aligners. These work in much the same way as braces, but they are virtually invisible. They do cost a bit more than braces, but the advantages are huge.
- They are more comfortable since they forego the metal wires and brackets.
- They are more convenient since they are easily removable for daily oral hygiene.
- They have no food restrictions since they may be easily removed for eating and drinking.
- They require few dental appointments since there are no metal wires to adjust and tighten.
- They are basically invisible since they are made of clear plastic.