Orthodontics has had recent advancements in methods and orthodontic technology to reduce the time it takes for the Orthodontic Treatment to complete as well as the number of visits to the Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office to achieve straighter teeth. When you speak to Dr. Hardy, during your one-on-one consultation in Lakewood, CO, both of you will decide on what orthodontic treatment plan will work best for your needs. This will not only address your aesthetic concerns but also correct the structural and functional issues (ex. correcting Open bite malocclusion) of your smile.
Orthodontics for Adults
The majority of orthodontic patients in America are now adults because they have realized how dental issues have affected their lives and how treating the problems can improve it. For an adult patient who fears the cosmetic changes that orthodontic treatment can have, Dr. Hardy provides alternative methods to traditional Metal Braces. These types of braces are more discreet and are more comfortable (Hidden Lingual Braces, Transparent Clear Braces).It also requires less treatment time compared to conventional orthodontic braces. Adults can enjoy the benefits of orthodontics, such as:
- More discreet treatment methods.
- Correction of long-term dental issues.
- Increased confidence and self-esteem from having a perfect smile.
- Faster and more efficient treatment than older, traditional techniques.
Once seen as a treatment for teenagers, more and more adults are now wearing braces. According to the recent survey from the American Association of Orthodontists, the number of adult patients seeking to straighten their smiles grew to 14% from 2010 to 2012, to a record-high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and above. Adults around the world are realizing the importance of orthodontic treatment for their overall health.
Orthodontics for Teens
Patients between 12 and 17 make up more than half of the orthodontic cases in the U.S.
The teenage years are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. Not only does this fix twisted and crooked teeth to make them look better, but aligning them also makes them easier to brush and less risky for cavities and gum disease. We offer orthodontic archwires in many colors or even tooth colored to make them visually appealing for teens. This applies to orthodontic spacers and bands. Your adolescent can let their individuality shine.
Orthodontics for Children
Many orthodontists believe that the start of orthodontic treatment should begin when children have a few adult teeth. However, studies negate statements like this because Dr. Hardy uses a more conservative approach to orthodontic treatment in Hardy pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This type of approach helps to prevent you and your children from having unnecessary dental work that wastes not only time but money. While it is true that early orthodontic assessment is important to detect serious dental issues early (around age 7), most of the children will not require orthodontic treatment until they are age 11. Visit our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. T. C. Hardy.
Orthodontic Care Near Me
Choosing an orthodontist near your work, going to school, or near your home is essential when you are trying to save time and money. Remember that there will be several treatments and follow-up appointments and routine visits; thus, having a dental office nearby will make things a lot easier. Look for a specialist with excellent reviews in orthodontics like Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and the one you'll feel comfortable working with.
At Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign® treatment as an alternative to traditional braces for straightening teeth in a non-obtrusive and on-demand manner. Invisalign® is a clear, removable aligner system that moves your teeth into their proper position gradually and gently while allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss normally.
For teenagers, Invisalign Teen® is a comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment. This cutting-edge tooth-straightening treatment allows teenagers to continue with their normal activities without interruption (such as playing musical instruments without trouble or wearing mouthguards while engaging in sports). For patients who qualify for this form of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen® is an excellent choice since it offers a more discrete method of teeth straightening that teenagers like.
Our patients adore Inbrace™ Lingual Braces because they are almost unnoticeable when they smile, allowing them to proudly display their beautiful smiles while undergoing treatment. While Invisalign offers similar visual advantages, Inbrace™ Lingual Braces are always on and working to give you the results you want. You won't have to take out and clean your transparent aligners as often as you would with Invisalign. You also won't have to worry about losing or misplacing them.
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