Orthodontics for Children
When people think of orthodontics, they generally think of teens first. By age 7, however, most children have a good mix of both baby teeth and adult teeth. This is when both the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend that children first be seen by an orthodontist. As an orthodontic specialist, Dr. Duncan can detect subtle problems with jaw growth and developing adult teeth while baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic problems are easier and less complicated to correct when they are diagnosed earlier rather than later.
What are signs that may indicate the need for an early orthodontic examination?
- early or late loss of baby teeth
- difficulty chewing or biting
- mouth breathing
- thumb sucking or finger sucking
- crowded, misplaced or blocked teeth
- jaws that shift or make sounds when opening and closing
- teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
- jaws and teeth that are out of proportion with the rest of the face
What are the benefits of early treatment?
For preteens who have clear indications for early orthodontic intervention, early treatment presents an opportunity to:
- guide jaw growth
- regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
- guide incoming permanent teeth into correct positions
- reduce the risk of trauma (accidents) to protruded upper incisors (front teeth)
- correct harmful oral habits like thumb sucking and finger sucking
- reduce or eliminate speech problems or abnormal swallowing
- improve personal appearance and self-esteem
- reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth (teeth that should have come in, but have not)
- preserve or gain space for permanent teeth
- potentially simplify and/or shorten treatment time for corrective orthodontics later
We invite you to contact our office for a Complimentary New Patient Evaluation to determine if your child is a candidate for early orthodontic intervention. Early treatment now could give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Orthodontics for Teens
Orthodontics has been a big part of teen life for years. It's become as common to see teens who are in orthodontic treatment as it is who aren't. And with all the options for different materials, styles and colours available now, straightening your teeth is easier, more comfortable and more stylish than it's ever been.
Orthodontic treatment... your way!
Dr. Duncan's practice offers several popular and proven orthodontic treatments for teens to choose from:
- Invisalign Teen® clear aligners
- metal & clear braces
How long will my treatment be?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment allows Dr. Duncan to monitor the growth of your jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody requires early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until they are older to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient 18 months to complete their treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness and cooperation to do what is recommended by Dr. Duncan and his team plays a huge role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. If you take care of your braces or aligners and your teeth, this will help make your treatment shorter for sure!
How will orthodontic treatment affect my everyday life?
Whether you choose braces or aligners, you'll do just about everything you did before! A gorgeous new smile means a few adjustments, though. Ask anyone who's flashing their 'braces-free' smile and they'll tell you it's worth it! Check out our Everyday Care & Information page to find out how easy it is...