Orthodontic Treatment

Common Orthodontic Corrections in Adults and Children

Classification of Teeth Overview

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Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic: beautiful smiles, improved dental health, and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions, which enable our staff to make accurate decisions about whether treatment is necessary and what treatment options are best suited to the patient.

Treatment lasts roughly 18 to 24 months, though braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation, and the degree of movement necessary. Outstanding results are also dependent on your effort. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic objectives.

Orthodontic Treatment Ages

Dr. Hoyos provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. As per the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment. The earlier orthodontic issues are found, the easier and faster it is to correct them.

Many progressive treatments that provide significant benefits are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these problems during their growth stages allows us to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.