It is rare for a person to be born with the perfect smile. Fortunately, orthodontic care can give you the beautiful teeth that nature didn’t, and it is never too early or too late to start considering your treatment options. While orthodontics used to be almost exclusively reserved for adolescents, it is now applied to cases of malocclusion in younger children and older adults, too. Here is a closer look at how treatment is carried out for each age group of today’s orthodontic patients:
Early orthodontic treatment, which generally takes place in two phases, is a cost-effective option that begins when children are about seven years old. Though there is still a mix of permanent and baby teeth at this stage, certain treatments can be used to help set the permanent teeth and encourage more symmetrical development of the facial features. This results in a less intensive treatment experience overall that is lower in cost than care that begins later.
Adolescents and Teens
If the opportunity for early treatment is missed, there are still many options available to help older children and teens obtain beautiful smiles. Care for this age group emphasizes the benefits of taking preventive measures for a healthier smile including treatments like Damon Braces, which come with a significantly shorter treatment timeline than braces of the past.
Adults and Seniors
It is not uncommon for parents to explore their candidacy for orthodontic treatment when they take their kids in for an appointment with the orthodontist. With aesthetically pleasing options like Invisalign and Incognito Braces, there are few reasons not to correct longstanding issues like crowding of the teeth or a misaligned bite.
At Seligman Orthodontics, we see patients from the ages of eight to eighty in our conveniently located practice on Park Avenue in New York City. You can schedule appointments with Dr. Seligman for your whole family by calling us at (212) 988-8235 or visiting our website.
3D imaging technology with the Insignia System is a breakthrough in orthodontics that facilitates the most customized treatment available. With Insignia imaging and treatment planning, braces are made to fit perfectly on each patient’s tooth so that treatment time can be cut down significantly. You can see how this technology is improving care for patients by watching this short video that follows one teen’s experience.
Seligman Orthodontics proudly features Insignia as a part of our commitment to provide patients with the latest treatment options available. We also offer Damon and Incognito Braces. You can make your first appointment at our New York practice on our website or by calling (212) 988-8235.
If you are considering improving your smile with braces or invisible orthodontic aligners, it is important to seek the expertise of an orthodontist rather than a dentist offering these procedures. Only orthodontists have the detailed knowledge of oral malocclusions and experience treating patients with a wide range of procedures to guide you to the best treatment. Below are some qualities that you will want to keep in mind as you select your orthodontist:
Emphasis on Technology
Today’s orthodontic treatment options are designed to create a better treatment experience for the patient with greater comfort and more predictable outcomes. Technology such as Insignia 3D imaging facilitates this type of care. You should seek an orthodontist dedicated to using sophisticated technology in order to achieve the results you want in a short amount of time. Treatment advancements to look for include Invisalign and Incognito Braces that are almost completely invisible when worn.
Licensure and Certification
Board Certification is the first sign of a reputable orthodontist, but you may also want to check if your orthodontist belongs to organizations such as the American Association of Orthodontists. National and local societies of this nature promote the highest standards of patient care and professionalism in the practice of orthodontics.
Comfortable Practice and Friendly Staff
An orthodontist is only as good as their practice, so you should look at the whole practice when you are deciding where to go for your treatment. You will work with many members of the staff throughout your treatment and visit the practice several times over the course of treatment. A comfortable environment and compassionate care from the whole staff two very important qualities.
At Seligman Orthodontics, we take great pride in our high-tech NYC practice and our commitment to excellence in every aspect of patient care. We offer orthodontic care for patients of all ages, and we offer a wide range of customizable treatment options. You can make your first appointment with us on our website or by calling us directly at (212) 988-8235.
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