Orthodontic Corrections in Adults and Children

Orthodontics can be easily classified as a specialty subsection within the dental industry. This sector of dentistry focuses on the diagnosis and the treatment of dental and facial issues. Many times, orthodontic treatment will result in dramatic changes to your appearance and can boost your self-confidence instantly. Some of the dramatic results include improved dental health, beautiful smiles, and an enhanced overall quality of your life, especially in seniors. Orthodontic issues can result from both environmental and genetic factors, but they each must be diagnosed before you can receive treatment for them.

Treatment for orthodontic procedures can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 months, depending on your condition, the severity of the problem, and your age. The best results from orthodontic treatments come from working with an experienced orthodontist, proper coordination of care and an understanding of the treatment at hand. At Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, we provide you with the best results in all of La Habra. We always provide you with the best care in our state of the art facility.

Timing of Your Orthodontic Treatment

Dr. Cho provides you with the best orthodontic treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. We make sure to follow ALL of the guidelines offered by the American Association of Orthodontists. We provide children with orthodontic evaluations starting at the age of 7. Early evaluations will allow Dr. Cho to better understand when your child should begin treatment and what type of orthodontic treatment is needed.

Who Is a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment is not just a single treatment and there are many types of treatments that fall underneath the title. This type of treatment is not designed to simply improve the look of your smile, but it also improves any type of bad bite that you may have. Bad bites are often referred to as malocclusions and they can occur when your jaw or teeth are misaligned. Malocclusions affect the way that you chew, smile, and clean your teeth and they can provide you with a different outlook on how you feel about your smile.

Candidates for orthodontic treatment will be in good oral health and not suffer from any underlying conditions like tooth decay, gum disease, and similar. Those who suffer from conditions that need orthodontic treatment make good candidates.

The best treatment for your situation will depend on what you and Dr. Cho decide on and what treatment will best impact your smile overall.

Why Do Malocclusions Need to Be Treated?

Studies performed by the American Association of Orthodontists have shown that malocclusions that go untreated can result in a number of different issues. Crowded teeth are one of the most common issues and this can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Crowded teeth are difficult to brush and floss, which means that they can become an issue.

Teeth that protrude from the mouth are more likely to become chipped or break, which is why they need to be treated.

If you have a cross bite, it can result in teeth that grow in incorrectly or it can result in wear on the teeth that is uneven or unnatural.

Open bites can cause problems too and they often result in speech impediments, tongue thrusting, and other dental problems.

The quicker you receive orthodontic treatment for your condition, the better. Quick treatment lends itself to better results and you will be happier and healthier overall.

What Can I Expect at My Consultation?

When you come in for an orthodontic consultation in our La Habra office, you will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Cho. He will perform a complete examination on your teeth and mouth to check for any problems and determine what orthodontic treatment may be needed.

X-rays will be taken to help Dr. Cho understand any underlying conditions that may affect treatment or have caused your condition. In addition, Dr. Cho may take plaster models of your teeth.

Once the exam is completed, Dr. Cho will provide you with a dental treatment plan and let you know what treatments are needed to correct the problem. It is important to know that orthodontic treatment can start early on and your child will benefit from fast and early treatment.

Most orthodontic conditions will require you to come into our office for multiple visits, so do be prepared for this. The length of treatment will depend on the exact condition being treated and whether or not you will need any follow up treatments afterwards.

Are Extractions Required?

Extractions are not always required when it comes to orthodontic treatment; however, they may be needed. It is important that you speak with Dr. Cho if you are worried about this part of the treatment plan.

Extractions are only needed when you have permanent teeth that may be crowding other teeth and making it impossible for your bite to sit correctly. Other extractions may be needed when you have severe dental decay or gum disease that warrants it.

If Dr. Cho thinks that you need to have an extraction, he will let you know immediately and you will be able to discuss other options at that point as well.

How Long is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment will take as long as needed until you and Dr. Cho are happy with the results. Typically, you can expect the entire treatment to last a few months, but it can take a few years as well. Most patients are able to complete treatment within one to two years.

In addition, if you or your child has braces, you will need to have them adjusted every four to six months throughout the period of treatment.

Schedule an Orthodontic Treatment with Us Today

If you think you are in need of orthodontic treatment, now is the time to visit Dr. Cho in our La Habra office and have a consultation. If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, call our office today and we will let you know when to come in.

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