Common Orthodontic Corrections in Adults and Children
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic - beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs and X-rays, which enable Dr. Homon to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Treatment typically lasts from 9 to 24 months, depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem. Outstanding results are also dependent on patient cooperation with prescribed wear and care of orthodontic appliances. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic objectives.
Dr. Homon provides orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents and children. Depending on the type of problem, orthodontic treatment timing can vary greatly from patient to patient. Adult patients are discovering that it is easy to straighten out their smiles at any age.
Even though many children do not need any treatment until adolescence or even adulthood, Dr. Homon would like to see all patients by the age of seven. This is also the recommended age for initial examination by the American Association of Orthodontists. Early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment. Many times limited early treatment can resolve problems easier and more efficiently than if the problem is delayed to adolescence. Furthermore, there are some problems that can only be corrected if treated early.
Many interceptive (phase I) treatments are now available for patients seven to eleven years of age that provide significant benefits to patients with crowding and irregular bites. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practice to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed.