Personalized treatment plan
Your orthodontic treatment needs are as unique as you are. After reviewing the available treatment options, Dr. Ayers will work with you to custom tailor the best approach for your specific needs. As a certified specialist, Dr. Ayers is experienced with a wide variety of different appliances. One size never fits all at West Shore Orthodontics.
West Shore Orthodontics follows the AAO recommendations. By age seven, enough permanent teeth have come in and enough jaw growth will have occurred that Dr.Ayers can identify existing concerns, screen for potentially damaging oral habits, and anticipate some types of future problems. Some types of orthodontic problems are best treated at a young age, while other types are best addressed a few years later. In many cases, no treatment is needed at this age, but it is a great time to begin planning for future needs.
The goal of dentofacial orthopaedics is to modify the growth of the jaw bones. Appliances such as maxillary expanders, headgear, and other functional appliances seek to improve the position of the jaw bones relative to each other, and relative to the facial structure.
An evaluation at age seven will allow our team to detect any concerns and advise if treatment will be necessary. It will also give us the opportunity to begin forming a great relationship with your child at a young age.
Here are some signs and habits that may indicate a child’s need for early orthodontic treatment:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make sounds
- Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- Jaws and teeth that are out of proportion to the rest of the face
Adolescence, the period when children transform into teenagers, can be the best time to align the teeth and correct the bite. As other bones in the skeleton grow and develop, so do the jaw bones. As a result, the growth spurt that occurs at adolescence usually works to our advantages to help achieve the best outcome.
At West Shore Orthodontics, we use a variety of different techniques for our adolescent patients, including Invisalign and other clear aligners, metal braces, clear braces, and even gold braces for any patients who want that extra shine. Some malocclusions require extra appliances such as expanders, distalizers or springs. The best way to find out which treatment option is best for your teenager is to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Evan Ayers.
It’s never too late to straighten your teeth, improve your bite and get your smile on track. As long as your teeth and supporting gum tissues are healthy, then we can safely improve their position. If left untreated, teeth that are poorly aligned and do not fit together well can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, premature wear, facial pain, and even TMJ disease.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly 1 in 4 patients at any given orthodontic practice are adults, with both men and women seeking treatment in essentially equal proportions. The recent advances we utilize in digital dentistry at West Shore Orthodontics can help improve your bite in less time over fewer required appointments.
At your complimentary initial consultation we will discuss any recommended treatment options, and together we will develop a treatment plan that prioritizes your personal goals in the process.