Both children and adults can benefit from a beautiful, healthy smile. Straight teeth not only make it easier to brush and floss, they also play an important role in building self-esteem, confidence and a positive self-image.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was often postponed until the adolescent years when all the permanent teeth came into the mouth. We now know that many orthodontic problems can be treated earlier and much easier by working with the growth that takes place in younger children. We follow the American Association of Orthodontists' recommendation that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, or earlier if a problem is detected. Although treatment may not begin at this young age, an early examination allows us to monitor your child's dental development through our "Growth and Guidance" program. We have found that early detection can often reduce the need for removal of permanent teeth. In many cases, positive orthodontic results can be achieved which would not otherwise be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
You may be surprised to learn that 30% of our patients are adults. Dr. Polk provides comprehensive adult orthodontic care, achieving outstanding results in minimal time. We offer clear brackets and invisible orthodontic appliances, along with state-of-the-art methods and techniques, making it easy and convenient to achieve the attractive smile you've always wanted.
Whether you are considering orthodontic care to enhance your appearance or to correct a poor bite that has contributed to dental problems, we would love to talk with you about the benefits of adult orthodontics.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease and early tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum and bone tissues that support the teeth or poor function of the jaw joints, which can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required to treat dental problems arising as a result of orthodontic problems. For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you'll feel more self-confident.