Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities and imperfections in the teeth and jaws. We provide treatment to patients of all ages, no matter how old or young. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic evaluation before the age of 7, and we support that recommendation. Early detection and intervention can resolve problems before they require more serious or invasive treatment. Many parents don’t realize that children should first visit the orthodontist at such a young age.
Our Las Vegas orthodontist office accepts patients of all ages and for all types of treatment. If we cannot provide treatment, then we will refer you to a specialist who can help.
While we do treat patients of all ages, there is an optimal time to initially visit the orthodontist and start treatment. We recommend bringing your child in either around the age of 7 or at the first sign of orthodontic problems, whichever comes first. Your child’s dentist also may recommend visiting an orthodontist if they see any potential problems. It is best to bring your child in early so we can plan out their treatment and determine the best course of action. Some of the benefits and results we may see are:
- Making room for new teeth
- Influencing jaw growth and facial symmetry
- Ensuring protruding front teeth don’t get damaged
- Making space for future teeth
- Reducing braces treatment time down the road
Adults deserve to have straight teeth, too! You are never too old to be confident about your smile. Orthodontic treatment requires healthy gums and bone structure to safely move your teeth, which Dr. Hansen can determine in a consultation. Many of our adult patients choose ceramic clear braces and Invisalign so they can straighten their teeth discreetly without traditional metal brackets. Your new smile can start today—just give us a call and we will set up a free consultation!
Adult braces and orthodontic treatment is about more than just appearance, though. It can improve your health. Jaw abnormalities and crooked teeth can cause headaches, jaw pain, tooth decay, gum loss, and even tooth loss. Come in and we can determine what treatment is best for you.
Orthognathic surgery is commonly known as jaw surgery. We use this surgery to correct jaw issues and improve both the form and function of your jaw. Some jaw surgeries are performed purely for aesthetic purposes and some are done to fix abnormalities or issues. State-of-the-art materials, computerized planning, advanced technology, and experienced doctors provide the basis for a successful surgery. This technology and equipment help us to reduce recovery time and add a level of stability to your surgery.
Orthognathic surgery is not necessary for most patients, as orthodontic treatment can usually fix the problem. In our consultations, we will determine if surgery is the best option for you, and if it is, we will walk you through your options.