October is National Orthodontic Health Month. In honor of this, we have been visiting with children in our community at various elementary schools. The students are able to pretend they are an orthodontist, put brackets on teeth models and practice tooth brushing. They learn how proper alignment and healthy habits can improve both their smile and overall health.
The purpose of orthodontics is to create a healthy bite. This may require teeth to be straightened or jaw growth to be adjusted so they properly meet the opposing teeth when biting together. A well aligned bite makes it easier to bite, chew, speak, brush and floss, and can prevent abnormal wear to your teeth. Orthodontics can enhance your life by giving you a healthier mouth, beautiful smile and increased self esteem.
The AAO and the ADA recommend that children see an orthodontist at the age of 7. In many situations, treatment may be optimal while a child is growing. Often, treatment begins during a person’s early teens, but there is also a large population of adults who choose to begin orthodontic treatment to achieve their optimal smile. No matter what the age, Dr. Gibson and Dr. Anderson are here to help you.
Orthodontic treatment is a complex and intricate process that should be developed by an orthodontic specialist. Orthodontists receive an additional two to three years of residency beyond dental school. They have the knowledge, skills and experience to customize a proper treatment plan to fit you and your smile.
Not only will Parkway Orthodontics improve your smile, but we will keep you smiling throughout the process. Call us for a complimentary consultation to find out how we can help you or your child.