For Children and Adults
Orthodontics for Children
It is recommended that a child’s first visit to the orthodontist occurs around 7-8 years old. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. Although treatment for most problems may not be recommended at this time, some potential problems need to be addressed early. These include but are not limited to: crossbites of the back and front teeth, severely protrusive teeth, space maintenance to prevent later extractions and issues with aesthetics and self-esteem. If your child’s orthodontic issues would be treated more efficiently later, Drs. Fisher and Reiner will place them on a follow-up schedule to be sure dental development is occurring properly and treatment is timed appropriately for maximum benefit.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Potential benefits of adult orthodontic treatment include: increased self-esteem, improved health of teeth and gums and development of a functional bite. Drs Reiner and Fisher use the most advanced techniques and materials to minimize the number of appointments and treatment time needed for a superb result. Some adults may have experienced breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. A past history of bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. Drs Reiner and Fisher will work closely with your general dentist to assure your periodontal and restorative needs are met throughout your treatment.