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Orthodontic Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.

Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
  • Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.

Testimonials

Our daughter Katie B. has a beautiful smile thanks to Dr. Tringas. He watched her mouth develop over several years before finally putting her in braces. He consulted with her dentist & oral surgeon many times before doing anything. When he felt her mouth was mature enough to benefit from braces he put them on her. She wore them for two years without any problems. My older children who wore braces (put on by other orthodontists) had several cavities after they finished. Katie never had a problem. He is a wonderful, kind & patient doctor. I have highly recommended him many times to my friends. They have all been very pleased. Kathy B.
I remember having braces way back in 1975, you can imagine my surprise when I found out I needed them again in 2007! I was given Dr. Tringas' name by my dentist along with several other prospects. I set up my first appointment and after speaking with Dr. Tringas and his staff I knew I had found my orthodontist. My appointments were prompt and informative. I always felt comfortable and confident with Dr. Tringas and his staff, knowing they had my best interest in mind. I recommend Dr. Tringas to all my friends and anybody looking for an orthodontist who truly cares about his patients. Dr. Tringas and his staff are committed to giving their patients the best possible orthodontic experience, and this makes me SMILE! Jane F.
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