For optimal dental health good occlusion is necessary. "Occlusion" is how well your teeth bite together. Good occlusion results in a pleasing smile as well as good function. A beautiful smile can enhance your self-confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment results in optimal dental health and psychological well-being for patients.
Dental malocclusions are best treated by a certified orthodontist. For an orthodontist to be certified by the American Association of Orthodontists and must complete two years of university training after completion of the doctoral degree. Dr. Forsberg is an AAO certified orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be evaluated by age 7. This evaluation allows the doctor to plan any necessary treatment that may rely on growth.
Know the Tell-Tale Signs
As children grow up and their bodies develop, dental issues crop up. Early evaluation through orthodontic assessments made on children before they reach the age of 7 are crucial to finding the proactive solution to abnormal teeth development.
If you observe any of the following characteristics in yourself or your children, come in for consultations with Dr. Forsberg as soon as you can:
Crowded, Protruding, or Gapped Teeth
Inability to Close Lips Comfortably
Timing of Treatment is Important
When evaluation is done early enough, treatments that require growth modification can be undertaken at the correct time to take advantage of growth. Orthopedic treatments are often done before all the baby teeth have fallen out. Traditional braces are usually done when all baby teeth have fallen out between ages 9-15.
Never Too Late to Wear Braces
Adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment. Excellent results can be achieved in adult patients. Correcting malocclusions in adults can enhance the health of teeth and gums. Orthodontic treatment can dramatically improve self-esteem, personal appearance, and confidence to communicate.
Come in for a free consultation to evaluate what treatment options are available for you or your children. This allows us to develop a treatment plan that best suit your lifestyle goals and needs.
Contact us today to set an appointment with Dr. Forsberg. You may call us at 814-864-0684 for more information about our full range of orthodontic treatment options.