ORTHODONTICS FOR KIDS & TEENS
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic consultation by age 7 at the latest. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early, thereby avoiding significant correction later on in life.
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a more significant opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Metal and Tooth-Colored Braces in Surrey & North Delta
We offer plenty of treatment options to choose from. Patients can select any of the following:
- Regular Metal Braces – Metal braces are most popular and recommended for patients between the ages of 11-16. Traditional braces use metal wires, brackets, and rubber bands to move teeth into better alignment.
- Ceramic Braces – Tooth-colored braces feature ceramic wires and brackets for more discreet treatment. The appliance blends in with the natural color of your teeth, so you can feel confident about showing off your smile during orthodontic treatment.
- Self-ligating Braces – These modern braces replace ties with built-in clips – there’s no need for rubber bands. The self-ligating technique also uses ceramic brackets that resemble your natural tooth color, so you don’t get a mouth full of metal.
- Invisible Braces – Patients interested in clear braces can get Invisalign® from our Certified Invisalign® Premier Provider. This system uses clear plastic trays to align teeth and is another excellent choice for invisible orthodontics