Dr Kopfler has been performing orthodontic treatments in Slidell since the late 1970's.
When is the best time to consider Orthodontics?
Considering Orthodontic Treatment? Here are some things to think about.
More than 5 million people in the United States and Canada are being treated with orthodontics and looking forward to a beautiful, healthy smile that’s good for life. The obvious potential reward is straighter teeth that are less prone to decay and injury. But just as important is the boost to self-confidence that a better smile can provide.
As you prepare to make decisions about orthodontics, it’s very important to be armed with the facts. Here’s a checklist of what to keep in mind:
Why is orthodontics important?
Orthodontics can boost a person’s self-image as the teeth, jaws and lips become properly aligned. However, an attractive smile is just one of the benefits alleviating or preventing physical health problems is just as important.
Without treatment, orthodontic problems may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction and chewing and digestive difficulties. A “bad bite” can contribute to speech impairments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.
When should my child be screened for orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child should get an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.
Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected early rather than waiting until jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean a patient will avoid surgery, adult tooth extraction, or other more serious treatment needs later in life.
Is it ever too late for a person to get braces?
Of course not! Healthy teeth can be moved at any age and orthodontics can improve the smile of practically anyone. In fact, we regularly treat patients in their 50s, 60s and older!
What about costs?
This will vary, of course, depending on the nature of the problem. Many orthodontic problems require only limited treatment. You may be surprised to discover that orthodontics is less expensive than you thought.
Our office offers flexible and convenient payment plans to help meet individual financial needs. In addition, many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind the lifetime value that orthodontics provides.