For All Ages
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems
For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- A hard time chewing or biting food
- Mouth breathing
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
- Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
- Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
- Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight
Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Orthodontics for Teens in Grafton, WI
Orthodontics for teens at Schuckit & Olejniczak Orthodontics involves a team effort between you as a parent, your teen, our team, and Dr. Amanda. We work together to ensure an enjoyable, comfortable, and memorable experience for all.
What’s the difference between orthodontic treatment for children and teens?
When younger children receive braces, often times it may involve braces on only a limited number of teeth. Other appliances, such as expanders, may also be necessary. Depending on tooth positioning and jaw growth, a young child may simply require limited treatment or a more extensive Phase I treatment may be recommended.
Adolescents and teenagers often are ready to begin comprehensive orthodontic treatment. This usually entails braces on all of the teeth and may include other appliances or rubberbands.
Life with Braces as a Teen
The good news about orthodontics is that it should not alter any day-to-day activities for your teen.
- Discomfort: Should your teen have discomfort after an adjustment appointment, it usually only lasts for about a day or two. We recommend the use of Tylenol to alleviate any orthodontic-related discomfort.
- Athletes: We recommend that our patients who participate in sports to wear a mouthguard for extra protection.
- Musicians: Patients who play instruments may need a few extra hours of practice in the beginning in order to get comfortable playing their instrument with braces. Extra wax may make the transition easier.
- Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing, as well, may require a couple extra minutes for teens with braces. It is important to brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day.
Getting Started with Braces
At our new patient exam, not only will your teen have photos and an X-ray taken, but he or she will also receive a tour of the office. Dr. Amanda will do a thorough exam of your teen’s bite, tooth positioning, and jaw relationship and discuss possible treatment options with you. Our treatment coordinator can discuss insurance and financial information, as well, at this time. Should you and your teen wish to begin orthodontic treatment in our office, the next step would be an initial records appointment. This would allow us to finish gathering all necessary diagnostic information on your son or daughter. Often we are able to complete this appointment the same day as your exam.
Dr. Amanda uses all of the information gathered during the initial records appointment (X-rays, photos, study models of your teen’s teeth, and a jaw analysis) to diagnose and plan treatment. Your teen will receive an individualized treatment plan based on the severity of his or her tooth positioning and bite. At Schuckit & Olejniczak Orthodontics, we place a strong emphasis on not only straightening teeth but also ensuring a harmony of the entire orofacial complex (the teeth, jaws, and facial profile).
To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for your teen, schedule a complimentary new patient examination at our Grafton office today!
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Clear aligners
- Ceramic braces
- Traditional metal braces
The difference between adult orthodontics and orthodontics for children and teens:
The main difference to remember when treating adults or children and teens, is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean the possibility of orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. Other differences include:
- Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
- Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
- Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.
Our practice also recognizes that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.
Why should you consider orthodontic treatment?
- Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
- A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
- Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.