Orthodontic Treatment Options for Every Age

February 26, 2013

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:

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Young Children
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 (646) 681-8516 or visiting our website.

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