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 seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but will help anticipate the best time to begin treatment. However, while many of our patients receive orthodontic procedures early in their lives from our Marlborough orthodontist, it is not uncommon for adults and even seniors to undergo orthodontic treatments. In fact, currently almost 20% of all orthodontic patients are adults.
Regardless of age, during your initial visit with our Marlborough orthodontist, you will receive a complimentary clinical examination to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. At first, the idea of braces may seem unaesthetic or uncomfortable. However, our orthodontists have several different options for our patients considering braces, allowing for an orthodontic treatment that best suits the individual needs of each patient. The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the installation of traditional, metal dental braces that help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct overbites. However, among the most common complaints when dealing with orthodontic treatment, especially for our adult patients, is that braces are unaesthetic and unattractive. In order to address this issue, we also offer several different kinds of clear and invisible braces. Furthermore, expanders may also be utilized to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better. Retainers are then often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches, and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain, which is why it is essential you visit our Marlborough orthodontist. At Aubin Orthodontics, we will be more than happy to discuss the varied options for braces, and help you decide which orthodontic treatment is the right choice for you. Call today to see which method is best for you.