Problems and Treatments
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating dental and other facial irregularities. Orthodontic problems can result from genetic or environmental factors. At Vanderbilt Orthodontics, we diagnose your dental problem before we begin treatment. To properly diagnose, we take photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions. We do all these tests at our office. We use state-of-the-art low radiation digital xray equipment.
Most treatments last from 6 to 30 months. The timeframe depends on your age and the severity of the orthodontic problem.
Timing of Your Treatment
Vanderbilt Orthodontics' patients include adults, adolescents and children. We follow the guidelines established by the American Association of Orthodontists. The AAO recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation at age 7. By evaluating children early, we can determine the best time to begin treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age, that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows our practice to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.