The Right Age For Orthodontic Treatment

Young Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives his or her first orthodontic screening by age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious.

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result. During your child’s initial evaluation, we will first determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed, such as potential crowding, open bite, overbite or gummy smiles. The Phase I treatment plan can include preventive, interceptive or modifying treatment. Orthodontic appliances may be placed to prevent a problem from occurring, correct a current problem or help direct jawbone growth. Multiple problems with tooth alignment, gums, jaws and facial problems can be corrected with Phase I treatment.

To find out if your child is a candidate for early treatment, schedule a free consultation with our office.

Teenagers

For many teenagers, wearing braces is a part of life – an important part of life because a beautiful and healthy smile can boost one’s self-confidence. By age 12, most, if not all, permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, which is when crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. Children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Pre-teens and teenagers have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Adults

More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. We offer a full range of treatments specifically designed for adults – leaving you with a dramatically different smile and healthier bite. By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel and TMJ/TMD pain.

Since adults are usually more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results are often better. By following the instructions provided by your orthodontist, you can enhance your results and shorten your treatment time! From traditional braces to advanced technologies like Invisalign, we are confident we can help you achieve and maintain the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed about.

Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces

  • South Austin Office - 2700 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 442-4338
  • Bee Cave Office - 14058 Bee Cave Pkwy. Building D, Suite B, Austin, TX 78738 Phone: (512) 402-9996 Fax: (512) 402-9986
  • Dripping Springs Office - 2440 E. Hwy. 290, Building C, Suite B, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Phone: (512) 858-0232
  • Central Austin Office - 1015 W. 34th St., Austin, TX 78705 Phone: (512) 206-2929 Fax: (512) 206-2920
  • Belton Office - 412 Lake Rd., Belton, TX 76513 Phone: (254) 933-7760 Fax: (254) 933-7983
  • Circle C Office - 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 470C, Austin, TX 78749 Phone: (512) 288-1900
  • Kyle Office - 575 E. Fm 150 Suite #P, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 268-3600 Fax: (512) 268-3607
  • North Austin Office - 8716 Research Blvd., #125, Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 454-4646 Fax: (512) 419-0561
  • Killeen Office - 1103 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building B, Suite B-800, Killeen, TX 76549 Phone: (254) 519-1590 Fax: (254) 519-1570
  • Elgin Office - 250A Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, TX 78621 Phone: (512) 285-9868 Fax: (512) 933-7767

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