Treatment Options

Orthodontics for Children

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By this age, we can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. When we begin treatment early, we can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth, making it easier to fit braces later. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.

The exact age of early treatment is determined by the malocclusion, or misalignment of teeth or incorrect relation between the upper and lower teeth. It also depends on the degree of tooth crowding, deep or open bites, and premature loss or loosening of teeth. Young children with an underdeveloped bite, an overbite or overjet may be subject to a higher risk of injury due to the child’s protruded profile.

Malocclusion should be treated when it interferes with dental function, or endangers the health of the teeth and gums. Typically, severe malocclusion in a young child is progressive, and gets worse with increasing age

Successful treatment depends upon careful and continuous cooperation of the patient and close parent supervision.

Orthodontics for Adults

One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Many orthodontic problems can be corrected just as easily for adults as they are for children. There are many options for adults who are considering braces, including Invisalign® and other invisible aligners. Removable and fixed appliances have advantages and disadvantages. The type of appliance used will depend on the condition of the patient and which appliance works best for that condition.

Types of Appliances

We offer many treatments, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, invisible braces, and retainers.

What to expect at your first orthodontic visit:

  • First, we will review your medical and dental history. We may take X-rays so we can better see your teeth from all angles.
  • Dr. Callahan will then inspect your teeth, gums and jaw to see if orthodontic treatment is needed. If you need treatment, we will discuss the most effective treatment options with you.
  • Our staff will provide you with information on insurance coverage, treatment costs, and optional payment plans.
  • If you have any questions at all, we will be happy to answer them. We want you to fully understand what is involved.
  • We know your time is important, so we make every effort to stay on schedule and get you in and out as quickly as possible.