A beautiful smile can make you feel more confident about yourself. A proper bite also contributes to improved dental health, which can affect your overall physical health and wellbeing. Orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth when a person’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly. These problems are often referred to by orthodontists as malocclusions (or bad bites) and can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints. It can even make you uncomfortable smiling.
If you are wondering when to have your child’s smile evaluated by an orthodontist, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends every child be evaluated by an orthodontist by age seven, unless a specific problem is identified earlier. This is because this is the time when kids are starting to get their first adult molars which establish the back bite. However, it’s never too late to correct a smile as a growing number of our Twin Cities, MN orthodontics patients are adults who are now taking the time to give themselves the smiles they‘ve always wanted.
We offer free consultations to all Minnesota orthodontics patients and specialize in braces for adults and children. We’re also proud to offer Invisalign for adults and teens.
Benefits of early orthodontic treatments:
- Create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth.
- Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
- Create space for incoming teeth.
- Reduce the need for tooth removal.
- Reduce treatment time.