Orthodontics is more than just straightening crooked teeth. The orthodontist also focuses on the bite, skeletal and dental relationships and facial aesthetics.
Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic (clear brackets) or plastic aligners (invisalign). Metal and ceramic brackets /bands are cemented and bonded to the teeth (permanent). Invisalign (clear plastic aligners) are removable. Invisalign is becoming a growing alternative to traditional braces for the discreet straighten the aligners provide. Orthodontic treatment applies constant gentle force to move the teeth into a corrected position. Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 1 year to 3 years. After orthodontic treatment is completed retainers are worn to hold the teeth in their newly corrected position. Some orthodontic problems need to be treated in phases and others can be treated in one phase.
Age 7 is the best time to have a first visit with Dr. Cantor. At this time Dr. Cantor can determine the best course of treatment. If the patient is not ready to commence orthodontic treatment at that time Dr. Cantor will follow the patient in pre-orthodontic guidance until it is the ideal time to commence treatment.