The specialty of orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment allows us to bring the teeth and jaws into harmony in all three dimensions. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic – beautiful smiles, improved dental health and function, and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages.
Dr. Aldridge follows the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists, which encourages an orthodontic screening for children around the age of seven. This permits the identification of any developing problems as well as the initiation of any indicated interceptive treatment. Early treatment, when indicated, can be extremely valuable in preventing future problems in dental or jaw development. In the majority of cases, treatment will not begin until between the ages of 10-12. Even if no treatment is recommended at the first appointment, the information from the x-ray and exam are valuable in assessing growth and development at future appointments.
The most profound treatment results come from the correction of growth imbalances. This is one of the reasons that it is most beneficial to screen for problems around the age of seven – while there is still significant facial growth remaining.
Adults can be treated at any age. It is never too late to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile. Some adults have missing teeth which may cause abnormal movement of the remaining teeth. Some may have had braces earlier in life, but teeth have shifted out of their original position. Many adults never had orthodontic treatment and could benefit greatly from a beautiful, healthy smile.
The Greater Chattanooga Orthodontic team enjoys treating patients of all ages: children, adolescents, and adults. We are happy to provide a comprehensive initial consultation at no charge.