Orthodontics – Bethel Park, PA
Straight Teeth for an Attractive and Healthy Smile
Orthodontic care provides an avenue to correct a poor bite, improve functionality and to create a smile that leaves you feeling more confident. The process isn’t reserved for any particular age group, though. Whether you or your child is in need of orthodontic treatment, contact our Bethel Park office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cartwright or Dr. Palmer!
Orthodontics for Children
For children, the crucial period to seek any initial orthodontic care is before the seventh birthday. That’s because the teeth are still developing; therefore, it’s a pivotal time to set a pace for the future of your child’s orthodontic health. This is also an excellent opportunity to be proactive because it’s usually easier to treat conditions at this period in your child’s orthodontic development.
Between the ages of six and eight, you should especially be on the lookout for the following signs that orthodontic treatment is needed:
- Speech problems
- Mouth breathing
- Frequent lip biting
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Teeth that are clearly protruding, crowding or misplaced
If you notice any of these issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can examine your child and develop a plan of action to make the necessary corrections.
Contrary to some popular misconceptions, orthodontic treatment is not just for children. Adults can also reap the benefits of having a properly-aligned set of teeth. To make an initial determination of whether you should visit your orthodontist in Bethel Park for an examination, pay attention to such traits as:
- You have a poor bite
- Problems eating food
- You feel hesitant to smile
- Problems articulating words
- Difficulty cleaning your teeth
- Teeth that have become increasingly crooked
How to Move Forward with Receiving Care
Once you notice any bite flaws that need to be addressed and you contact our office, we’ll take a careful approach during the examination process to make sure you or your child receives the most accurate diagnosis and treatment design possible. We’ll first review any dental records, medical history and X-rays to determine the most effective route to take.
Next, Dr. Cartwright or Dr. Palmer will explain what treatment options are best suited to meet your or your child’s needs, at which time you’ll also be informed of the cost. Once all these details are ironed-out, we can then move forward with scheduling you for a follow-up appointment to get the process started, which will include capturing dental impressions and photographs of the teeth.
If you are ready to take action and solidify the future of yours or your child’s oral health, then reach out to one of our friendly staff members today to schedule an initial visit, and prepare to achieve smile and functional greatness by receiving braces in Bethel Park!