Dr. Chen and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child see an orthodontist as early as age seven and even earlier if a parent or the family dentist discovers a problem. Since no two patients are alike, there is not a specific age that is best to begin treatment. Interceptive treatment is not always necessary, but it will be recommended when it can benefit your child. Early diagnosis and treatment by Dr. Chen can correct small problems before they become bigger problems. At Texas Orthodontic Specialists, we provide two phase treatment in some cases where significant improvements can be made early that could not be made later or in the case of psychosocial issues related to crooked teeth that are causing problems at school.
Orthodontic treatment is most effective when done at the appropriate time in terms of patient growth and development. Using this as a guide, early intervention can make a dramatic impact on establishing the proper occlusal foundation. By the age of 7, some of the permanent teeth have erupted, so that most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. At this stage of mixed dentition, Dr. Chen can spot potential orthodontic problems related to jaw growth and eruption of adult teeth.
Comprehensive adolescent treatment usually begins when all or most permanent teeth are erupted and patients are at one of their most active phases of growth. This is a great time to correct most problems, as the jaws are actively growing and their growth can be most easily modified during this time. Our goal in adolescent treatment is to provide a beautiful smile that functions correctly to last each of our patients a lifetime.
For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. We are happy to provide orthodontic care to patients of all ages. Many adults realize that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in changes for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. Our adult patients sometimes have esthetic concerns and because of this we are happy to offer multiple treatment options including clear/esthetic brackets, Invisalign and lingual braces. Our goal in adult treatment is to determine our patient’s goals and objectives for treatment. And complete treatment as esthetically and efficiently as possible.