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ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT FOR ALL AGES

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A SPECIALIST?

EARLY PREVENTIVE Calgary Orthodontics TREATMENT
CHILDREN
The American Association of Orthodontics recommend that children should be seen by an orthodontics no later than age 7. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth.  At this age, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. Evaluation by an calgary orthodontics can indicate potential overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. The purpose of early visit is to determine whether intervention in the child’s skeletal growth patterns is needed. Early treatment at the right time can correct growth problems and can prevent the need for more extensive treatment such as extraction of permanent teeth, oral surgery etc., later on. It is recommended that children should have an orthodontic consultation by the age of 6 - 7 years or earlier if there are signs of the following:
LOOK FOR THESE SIGNS
Small upper or lower jaws
Crowded primary (baby) teeth around age 7 or 8
Crossbite (Shifting of jaw when child opens or closes mouth)
Openbite (Upper and lower front teeth don’t touch)
Underbite (Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth)
Deep Overbite (Lower front teeth bite into palate)
Early or late loss of baby teeth (child should typically start losing teeth around age 5, and will have all permanent teeth in around age 13)
Protruded teeth (the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
Open mouth and breathing through mouth
Speech impediments
Changed oral posture such as thumb sucking (child continues thumb sucking after age 5)
Difficulty in chewing or biting

Most children lose their baby teeth by age 13 and by the end of their teen years the jaw bones have hardened and no longer grow. Orthodontic treatment at this age or in adults often take more time and may require more extensive procedures such as tooth extraction or surgery.  Therefore, early diagnosis and calgary orthodontics treatment as a child can prevent the need for teeth extraction or surgery.

The purpose of early visit is to determine whether intervention in the child’s skeletal growth patterns is necessary. This way, problems related with the growth of the jaws or crowding of the teeth can be corrected and can prevent the need for more extensive orthodontics treatment later on.
BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT
Some of the benefits of early treatment are as follows:
Creating room for crowded erupting teeth
Creating facial symmetry
Reducing risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
Reducing treatment time for braces The key is early assessment and treatment so that care can be delivered at the right time.
TWO- PHASE TREATMENT
Two-phase calgary orthodontics treatment is a specialized process that combines the procedure of tooth straightening with physical facial growth changes. Whether the child needs one-phase or two-phase treatment, the cost is the same.

PHASE – ONE
The objective of phase-1 is to help the jaw develop in a proper way so that the upper and lower jaws fit together to accommodate all of the permanent teeth. Jaw problems can be recognized at early stages of growth and development. If children over the age of 6 show jaw problems, or children about the age of 8 have crowded front teeth, they are candidates for early treatment.  
Children benefit greatly from early and timely orthodontics treatment to avoid the need for more harsh treatment such as extraction of permanent teeth or surgery to realign the jaws later on.

In the first phase, recommended appliances are used to correct and realign the teeth and jaw.

PHASE – TWO
The objective of phase-2 is to make sure that each tooth is in the right location in the mouth and functions properly in alignment with other teeth and lips, cheeks and tongue. When this balance is achieved, the teeth will function together properly. Phase-2 begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on upper and lower teeth for about 24 months. After that, you have a beautiful smile for life.
TEENS
Ask any teenager if he or she would like to have a beautiful smile. The answer is overwhelming “Yes”. The smile says it all. A smile is forever. Self-confidence and aesthetics of a beautiful smile matters to teenagers. You want to hang-out with friends and have fun, play sports. Remember, we were teenagers once.

Getting braces may be a daunting thought for many teenagers. At McKenzie Orthodontics Calgary, you need not worry. Our practice offers a variety of choices to achieve your goal. We offer a range of treatments such as:

Invisalign invisible braces
The Damon clear braces system
Lingual braces (behind the teeth)
Traditional braces

Your doctor can advise which system is best for you.

You can have clear virtually invisible aligners that gently and gradually moves the teeth based on the treatment plan developed for you. There are no brackets and braces so that you have confidence in your smile during and after calgary orthodontics treatment .

Let McKenzie Orthodontics Calgary help you achieve that beautiful smile.
ADULTS
"Braces are for kids only". No more. The American Association of Orthodontics says that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Adults also understand the importance of their health and appearance. The advancement in orthodontic calgary technologies has made braces more acceptable for adults. To-day’s treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic and customized to meet adult needs.

The major difference between adult orthodontics and that for children and teens is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. In adults those bones have stopped growing. Adults are more likely to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Over time teeth can become worn out and shift into different positions. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to move creating a bad bite and increasing possibility of gum disease.

About 2 years ago an adult of about 70 years age came for advice. His teeth had moved, leaving spaces in between teeth and some of the teeth appeared crooked. Although sociable and educated, he had become somewhat afraid of smiling and laughing in front of other people. He was not sure whether he should be getting braces. He was given advice and was introduced to orthodontic treatment. After wearing braces for a few months following the treatment plan, he noticed the improvement and was very encouraged. To-day he is happy that he did it and laughs and talks freely.

 
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