Orthodontic problems are often very visible. Overbites, uneven teeth and misalignment of the jaw are recognizable to most people upon casual observation.
The most common answer to this question is “a big, beautiful smile!” Certainly, a beautiful smile provides a compelling reason for orthodontic care. But the best reason for orthodontic care is what that smile shows – healthy teeth. Orthodontic care may often be viewed as primarily cosmetic, but it’s really an important part of long-term health care.
However, what isn’t visible, or often known, is that correcting those issues may prevent many health concerns that, left uncorrected, could cause lifelong problems, including:
- Tooth Decay
- Expensive Dental Care
- Abnormal Tooth Wear
- Gum Disease
- Bone Destruction
- TMJ (jaw joint) problems
- Even Digestive Difficulties
Of course, the feeling that a brilliant smile brings is certainly very important as well. Orthodontic patients and their parents consistently point to improved self-confidence as one of the major benefits of orthodontic care. And one of the best things about orthodontic treatment is that these benefits can last a lifetime. Even after treatment is finished, patients are able to enjoy a continuing positive self-image, great wedding photos, confident job interviews, improved speech, and teeth that are easier to clean.
Today’s orthodontic care is appropriate for children, adolescents and adults. So, please read more about the care you are considering, and may the world smile with you!
Orthodontics for Children and Teens
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist no later than age 7. Although it is best to wait for all of the permanent teeth to be in before starting orthodontic treatment, there are a few occasions when early treatment is needed. Early intervention can help prevent abnormal wear of teeth, injury to protruding teeth, or jaw disproportions. Underbites, overbites, crossbites, and excessive crowding are also main concerns that can be evaluated during your child’s first visit. Dr. Sparkman can make sure your child is treated at the most appropriate age.
At the complimentary consultation, Dr. Sparkman will thoroughly evaluate facial balance and any orthodontic needs your child may have. He will also conduct an extensive TMJ (temporomandibular joint) evaluation. He can then determine if orthodontic treatment is indicated and when the best time to begin treatment would be.
Dr. Sparkman will explain what the orthodontic concerns are, how they can be treated, and the approximate length of treatment time needed to give your child the best possible smile and result. Dr. Sparkman’s friendly staff will give an estimate of how much your orthodontic investment will be and also check on your insurance benefits if needed.
Orthodontic Treatments for Adults
There is no age limit to when you can give yourself a beautiful, confident smile. With new technologies such as Invisalign and porcelain braces, more adults are receiving orthodontic treatment now than ever before. If you have concerns about your teeth or facial balance, you can have your questions answered at your complimentary consultation.
At your initial examination, Dr. Sparkman will thoroughly evaluate facial balance and any orthodontic needs you may have, including an extensive TMJ (temporomandibular joint) evaluation. Dr. Sparkman will then determine if orthodontic treatment is indicated and give treatment options that would benefit you the most.
Dr. Sparkman will explain what the orthodontic concerns are, how they can be treated, and the approximate length of treatment time needed to give you the best possible smile and result. Our friendly staff will give an estimate of how much your orthodontic investment will be and also check on your insurance benefits if needed.
Schedule a Consultation for Orthodontic Services from Dr. Sparkman
The team at Sparkman, DDS, PC, in Dunwoody understand the difference a straight smile can make. Call our dental office in Dunwoody at 770-396-8061 or request an appointment online for a consultation to see if you’re a candidate for braces or other orthodontic services.