They may have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but braces and orthodontic treatments can transform your smile, jaw, bite — they can even change the shape and appearance of your face! They can also correct uncomfortable issues like overbites, underbites, and other common tooth and jaw problems. While you may think of them as unsightly at first, braces can actually improve your confidence and make you feel great about your smile, and the good news is, there’s never a wrong time to embark on your own orthodontic journey. Whether you’re looking for more information on braces for your child, or are interested in adult braces for yourself, Dillehay Orthodontics wants you to know that any time is a good time to see us!
Although there’s never a bad time to begin considering braces, it’s helpful to know what to expect with early, adolescent, and adult orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from each stage!
Treatment for tweens and teens
The timing of braces treatment for adolescents will normally depend on the severity of the malocclusion (or how bad their “bad bite” is) and what the root cause of that particular misalignment is. The earliest that orthodontists generally start treatment with braces is when most of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between 8 and 14 years of age.
Although this will still depend on tooth growth and how quickly those new teeth come through, that 8-14 year old range has the added benefit of working with bone structures that are still growing. Because these are not yet fully developed, orthodontists are able to guide the teeth and jaws into an optimal position.
Braces are very common among teenage patients! The right treatment will for each patient will always vary based on a number of factors, so it’s imperative to discuss which traditional or alternative forms of braces are right for your child with your orthodontist. Dillehay Orthodontics is proud to offer not only traditional metal braces, but also self-ligating, ceramic, and lingual braces, as well as clear Invisalign aligners for both adults and teens.
It’s never too late to have the smile of your dreams! Did you know that in the last twenty years, there’s been a 40% increase in the number of adults opting for braces? There are currently more than 1 million patients over the age of 18 getting braces annually!
The stigma about braces continues to fade as modern orthodontics improves its technology and options, especially as invisible or nearly invisible treatments such as ceramic braces or Invisalign aligners grow in popularity.
Whatever your age, we always recommend you talk to a qualified orthodontist to discuss the best course of action for your particular situation, and the options available to you. Dillehay Orthodontics is happy to offer a free initial consultation to potential patients to ascertain if there’s a need for orthodontic treatment.
This initial consultation gives you the opportunity to meet our friendly and experienced team while you receive a complete exam. During this consultation, we will
- Review your dental and medical history
- Provide a complete oral exam to determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary
- Discuss a customized treatment plan with you
- Explore all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans
Your options with Dillehay Orthodontics
If the cost of braces has discouraged you from seeking treatment for yourself or your child, you might be surprised to find out how affordable they can actually be!
The cost of any orthodontic treatment will always vary depending on individual needs and treatment plans. Our staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option, so that you can make the best choice for you and your family. Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans and we’ll work with you to create a payment plan to fit your budget. You’ll always know exactly what to expect before beginning treatment.
With offices in East and West Wichita and Derby, as well as satellite offices in Arkansas City and Pratt, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it! Contact Dillehay Orthodontics today for more information, or to schedule your free initial consultation! From ages 7 to 70, we’re here to give you a smile to last a lifetime.