Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient and affordable for patients of all ages! In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Gordon Barfield recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. With early evaluation and diagnosis, children can achieve optimal orthodontic results. Early treatment provides a range of benefits and often means that a patient can avoid surgery or other serious complications. There is, of course, no age limit for orthodontic treatment, and we treat adults, too!
An attractive smile is just one of the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment results in correctly aligned teeth that provide ideal jaw function and a great smile. Additionally, your teeth will be easier to clean and more resistant to gum disease. Perhaps most importantly, orthodontic treatment almost always provides improved self-confidence.
How does orthodontic treatment work?
Each patient’s orthodontic condition requires a treatment plan based on a specialized diagnosis of the case. The treatment process involves X-rays, dental impressions and photographs. Braces have one aim: to use gentle pressure to move teeth into proper alignment. Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance and the severity of the condition.
What types of braces are available?
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are less bulky, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent material. They are most popular with our adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.
The Invisalign system is a series of clear overlay templates (aligners) that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
Now teens don’t have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles – introducing Invisalign Teen! Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
For more information, visit Dr. Barfield’s website at www.duoortho.com.