Dr. Sonalee Kapoor believes your smile is your greeting to the world. She knows it’s also a window to an important part of your dental health — the alignment of your teeth. Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Improperly aligned teeth and jaws — called a “malocclusion” — also can lead to a host of sometimes painful dental disorders.
The good news is that Dr. Kapoor’s orthodontic treatments can correct these problems … and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that’s good for life.
What causes orthodontic problems?
Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents and the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth.
Why is treatment so important?
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.
When should your children get an orthodontic check-up?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By this age, Dr. Kapoor can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including fixed braces and removable appliances, adults are finding treatment more appealing.
A Partnership for a Beautiful Smile
At Tots To Teens, orthodontic treatment is a partnership between Dr. Kapoor and the patient. Dr. Kapoor provides custom-made fixed or removable appliances that use gentle pressure to move teeth into their proper positions. For the patient, orthodontic treatment always requires following Dr. Kapoor’s instructions, keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments and maintaining excellent oral hygiene to achieve the best results. You will also need to see Dr. B, Dr. Lin or your general dentist as recommended to continue your general dental care.
How long does treatment take?
Patients who need orthodontic treatment generally have one to three years of active treatment, plus retention. How much does treatment cost? The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and length of treatment. Our Patient Coordinators will be glad to discuss the cost of treatment and your financing options with you before treatment begins. At Tots To Teens & In Bee-Tween, families are finding that braces are more attractive and affordable today than ever.