Clinton Cable, DDS | Braces for all ages in Glenshaw

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Braces for all ages

As long as your teeth are healthy, then you are a great candidate to have braces.  A straight smile is important at any age.  However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit the orthodontist at the age of 7 for an intial check up in order to diagnose any potential problems and to start with preventative care.  Catching problems early on will help to avoid problems later on in life.  If you were unable to see an orthodontist at a young age, you can still see one later in life to help correct your smile.  With the different varieties of braces, friends and coworkers will have no idea that your lunch date is really your orthodontist appointment.

Early Treatment
Most orthodontists begin treatment on children between the ages of 9 and 14 as most problems are easily fixable during this time.  The earlier the treatment the better because you will be able to help your child correct oral habits that are harmful to their dental development, guide teeth into the correct position and avoid protruding front teeth. 

Treatment Later in Life
The most common orthodontic treatments are for spacing, crowding, overbites, under bites and cross bites.  These problems can be fixed easily earlier on in life but sometimes it is not corrected.  For whatever the reason, as an adult, you can still have these problems fixed during your adult lifetime.  The only requirements that you need for braces are that your teeth and gums are in healthy and in good condition.


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