ABOUT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense, The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and prevents serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Roth, your Los Angeles orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7 the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
Although we encourage early diagnosis of orthodontic problems, we recognize that many of our new patients are not yet ready to start treatment.
The recent trend in orthodontics has been to start treatment at an early age, often resulting in two separate phases of treatment. This approach can often be very time consuming and costly.
Although there are cases where this approach is best, the majority of our patients are not treated until all the permanent teeth have erupted.
By starting treatment at the optimal time, we are able to produce excellent results and keep treatment time and cost to a minimum.
If your child is not ready for treatment at this time, we will place them into our guidance program to periodically monitor their growth and development. There is no charge for this service.
Adult Orthodontic Treatment
We enjoy treating adult patients. We recognize that many adults are not always interested in comprehensive treatment, but rather have specific limited treatment goals. We will discuss various treatment options as well as various methods of moving teeth.
Cosmetic improvements are on the forefront of advances in orthodontics. Popular choices of our patients are ceramic braces, a translucent material that camouflages the brackets on your teeth. If you are looking for braces without the “metal-mouth” appearance, you may want to consider clear ceramic braces.
The Los Angeles orthodontist, Dr. Roth, also offers the latest in invisible braces is Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners created from sophisticated 3-D computer imaging technology. They are comfortable, removable and virtually invisible. Invisalign is a popular choice for adults who are ultimately concerned about the appearance of braces during normal daily activities.
Invisalign. can offer the flexibility of choosing to wear your braces at more convenient times of the day. Our office is certified to treat patients with Invisalign.
Advances in Orthodontics
Orthodontics is more popular than ever. This popularity is due to the overwhelming success of improved treatments and technology. New technology produces better results with fewer visits and shortened treatment times. In some cases, we can eliminate months of treatment time for individuals.
One example of recent improvements is nickel-titanium-alloy arch wires. They have replaced the traditional stainless steel wires used in braces. This new technology provides our patients with a temperature-sensitive wire that allows for the continuous movement of teeth over longer periods of time. For our patients this means enhanced comfort, decreased treatment time and fewer trips to the orthodontist.
The latest breakthrough in orthdontics is the DAMON SYSTEM, which uses self-ligating braces. In combination with high technology wires, much more gentle force is applied to the teeth, which results in shorter treatment time and far fewer adjustments. The results are beautiful smiles and enchanced facial aesthetics, usually without the extraction of teeth.