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When to Consider Orthodontics

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When to Consider Orthodontics

Orthodontics should be considered when habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or swallowing patterns that open or distort your bite. When treated early, orthodontics can eliminate or reduce dental issues in the future.

Keep an eye on your child’s development, but also consult with your Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics dentist. They will be able to help determine what is best for your child. We offer orthodontic treatment options for all age groups.

Early Orthodontics

Often habits such as prolonged thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and certain swallowing or breathing patterns that can open or distort the bite are better dealt with when care is initiated at a younger age. Early treatment is also helpful when the top jaw is too narrow, not developing in harmony with the lower jaw, or if permanent top teeth are behind the lower ones when closing the jaws. Likewise, if a young child’s front teeth protrude excessively or very severe crowding is present a first phase of orthodontic care can be beneficial.

Child / Teen Orthodontics

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children see an orthodontist no later than age seven. Your Blue Coral orthodontist can determine if immediate preventative or interceptive care is required. In determining the best care schedule for your child, we will consider their dental development and future facial growth.

Most children start orthodontic treatment between the ages of 9 and 14. Placing braces at this stage can be beneficial as the orthodontist can improve the alignment of the permanent front teeth, and guide new adult teeth into place.

Adult Orthodontics

More than twenty percent of adults wear orthodontic appliances.

The wide range of orthodontic treatments available to adults makes braces more convenient, comfortable, and discreet. Bulky metal braces have become a distant memory. Modern metal appliances are much smaller and more attractive than their predecessors. Adults who are interested in orthodontic treatment can choose barely visible braces. Modern orthodontics makes it possible to have beautiful, functional teeth of all ages.

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Dentist in Park Ridge

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Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
690 N IL Route 31
Suite D
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Buffalo Grove
195 N Arlington Heights Rd
Suite 150
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
1521 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
Park Ridge
950 N Northwest Highway
Suite 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
3500 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657