Orthodontics for Children
Why Does Dr. Manzella Evaluate Kids So Early?
Early treatment is typically not required for most children, however, all children should be evaluated by the age of seven to screen for certain orthodontic issues that may require early intervention. If no issues are observed at these screenings, young children will then be monitored virtually every three months and in-person with growth X-rays annually (The MO Pup Club).
If patients are found to have severe crowding (blocked out teeth), an underbite or crossbites, Dr. M may recommend a quick 12-month Phase I treatment plan in order to get them out of trouble as quickly and easily as possible. This typically includes an expander and partial upper braces. Patients who have Phase I early intervention treatment often require a Phase II of orthodontics once they are older and all their permanent teeth have erupted.
Will Early Treatment Prevent the Need for Braces?
Early treatment can begin correcting significant problems, prevent more severe problems from developing, and simplify future treatment.
Because all the permanent teeth have yet to erupt when early treatment is performed, their final alignment may still need to be corrected.
Typically, a shortened comprehensive phase of treatment in the teen years, after all the permanent teeth have erupted, completes the correction.
However, in some circumstances, further orthodontic treatment may not be indicated.
Orthodontics for Teens
If you have a teen in West Seneca who recently learned braces could improve their smile, you probably have many questions. Find your answers at Manzella Orthodontics.
Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Manzella can easily recognize spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment issues in this age range. During the teen years, your child's bone and jaw structure are formed enough to begin orthodontic treatment.
Some teens may have even started Phase I treatment earlier and are now following it up with full braces or other orthodontic treatment.
Beyond outward appearances, untreated dental problems can impact your teen's oral and overall health.
All About Teen Orthodontics
Suppose you notice any of the following issues. In that case, we recommend a complimentary consultation with Dr. Manzella at Manzella Orthodontics since they could be signs your teen may benefit from orthodontic treatment.
- Early, late, or irregular loss of their baby teeth
- Difficulty with chewing or biting
- Crowding or extra spacing between teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Frequent biting of the cheek or the inside of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
- Protrusion of teeth
Orthodontics for Adults
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Orthodontics is not just for children and teens. In fact, 1 in every 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. No one is too old for orthodontic treatment.
Adults seek orthodontic treatment for many of the same reasons as children. Some adults had orthodontic problems as children but were unable to correct them until now.
Others, who had treatment as children, may need further treatment as adults due to relapse or limitations in the initial treatment.
Benefits of Adult Orthodontics
Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These include:
- Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile
- Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long-term retainer wear
- Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth
- Create a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew
- Address missing teeth
- Close spaces between the teeth
- Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite
- Jaw surgery to correct discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws.