You are here because you want to learn more about orthodontics. The practice of orthodontics is aimed at correcting malocclusions or misaligned bites. We recognize that adults and children have different needs, and require varying levels of care. Therefore, we work with you in a manner that ensures you receive the most appropriate treatment plans. Our prime objective is to ensure that we meet and address your needs with the understanding, respect and commitment you deserve.
Braces for All Ages
There is no determined age for children to begin orthodontic treatment. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first screening at age seven.
Orthodontics for Children
Early treatment allows your orthodontist to
- correct and guide the development of your child’s jaw
- create more space for crowded teeth
- avoid the need for extractions later in life
- correct thumb sucking
- minor speech problems.
We encourage parents to keep an eye out for certain issues such as crowded or misplaced teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb sucking, or popping jaws. If you notice these issues, it is likely that your child needs to see an orthodontist.
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces are no longer as scary as many teens might imagine. Braces today come in a variety of styles, materials and colors making life with braces easier, more comfortable and even more stylish! Patients can now choose from different treatment options like traditional metal, ceramic and invisible braces. Treatment times do vary, however. Your body’s response time and how much work is required of the orthodontist are two factors responsible in determining treatment time. Regardless of the type of braces you choose, it is important that you avoid sticky, hard or chewy foods. They may damage your braces and prolong your treatment time.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teens! In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Furthermore, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment is steadily growing. This is due to a new understanding of the importance of maintaining good oral health, hence building confidence in one’s appearance. Today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and customized to meet your needs. These come in the forms of clear braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces, and clear aligners. Having a perfect smile is beautiful, but it is also a sign of healthy teeth and sound oral health!
Orthodontists Associates of WNY offers Braces for All Ages.