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1729 W Harvard Ave. Suite 3
Roseburg, OR 97471
(541) 673-0924

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Coos Bay Office
375 Park Ave.
Suite 7
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 267-3060

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For Children and Adults

orthodontics for children and adults

Orthodontics for Kids/Teens

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic checkup by age 7. Although most patients start orthodontic treatment when all of the permanent teeth are in (around age 11 or 12), some patients with moderate to severe bite problems or crowding would benefit from earlier, or "two-phase" treatment. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches and gain space for permanent teeth.

The benefits of early intervention include:

  • Prevent extraction of permanent teeth
  • Prevent tooth impaction
  • Eliminate habits which could lead to bite problems (thumb-sucking)
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Reduce complexity and duration of later treatment

Most patients do not need early intervention or two-phase treatment, but an initial screening at age 7 can give you peace of mind that you are not missing an opportunity to correct a significant orthodontic problem. Most patients start treatment ("comprehensive treatment") around age 11 or 12, but orthodontic treatment can be started at any age!

Orthodontics for Adults

While most people associate orthodontic treatment with children and teenagers, it can also benefit adults. In fact, today about one-third of all orthodontic patients are adults. Less visible as well as more comfortable braces, such as Invisalign, make treatment more appealing and convenient than ever. Teeth can be orthodontically moved at any age, and our patients tell us that the positive impact on their appearance and self-esteem is unparalleled. In addition, orthodontic treatment is often needed in preparation for other restorative dental work such as implants or veneers. During the initial visit, we can discuss the treatment options available to you.

In a small number of adult patients, jaw surgery may be required because their jaws have completed growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and the bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. It's important that every patient, particularly an adult patient, be seen by their general dentist prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

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