Orthodontics for Children
As a parent in New Jersey or the surrounding area, you want the best for your child. That includes healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.
Smile Check-Ups Start at 7
Healthy smiles depend on having aligned teeth and a balanced bite. Early intervention is key, so the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child gets an orthodontic exam at age seven.
Dr. Loew and Dr. Patel can detect jaw growth and tooth emersion issues, even with baby teeth still present. That helps us determine the best time to start treatment and get a head start on a beautiful smile.
During this early evaluation, Dr. Loew or Dr. Patel may determine that your child’s bite is fine and they don’t need braces at that time. Our smile experts may even spot a potential concern but decide that delaying treatment to monitor your child’s growth and development is the right step.
Choosing When to Start Treatment
Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if we spot them early. While the best time for orthodontic treatment varies by child, the most common age is between 9 and 14.
If Dr. Loew or Dr. Patel thinks your child will need treatment, they'll let you know the best time to start. This gives us the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
We’ll always make sure you and your child understand the treatment process so that you’re both comfortable and confident at every step of your child’s smile journey.
Orthodontics for Teens
Oral issues can change your teen’s appearance and make them feel uncomfortable in their skin.
Straightening their smile with braces or Invisalign can give them a newfound confidence that changes their life!
If you notice crowding, spacing, or alignment issues, we recommend a free exam with Dr. Loew or Dr. Patel.
Benefits of Straight Smiles
Straight teeth that respond well to orthodontic treatment enjoy many benefits, including:
- Increased durability: This minimizes the risk of wear and tear, chipping, and dental injuries.
- Easier maintenance and dental hygiene: This aids in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities.
- More effective chewing: Enhancing your chewing ability helps with your digestion.
- Preventing gum disease: Lowering your risk of periodontal disease reduces the potential for bone loss, decay, and eventual tooth loss.
Orthodontics for Adults
At Loew & Patel Orthodontics, one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult. So, if you live in Flemington, Annandale, Bridgewater, or surrounding areas, you should know you’re never too late to enjoy the benefits of a new smile.
Look Your Best
Orthodontic treatment can correct crooked teeth or spaces that make you hesitant to smile. You’ll enjoy the pride that comes with straight teeth — and the confidence to be your authentic self.
Stop Shifting Your Teeth
When you were a teenager, your teeth may have been straight — but your teeth can shift as you age and cause jaw pain, trouble brushing, or even a crooked smile.
Maintain Oral Health
Misaligned teeth can also cause long-term problems — including tooth decay, gum disease, and abnormal wear on the surface of your teeth.
FAQs About Adult Orthodontics
Start Your New Smile
Are you ready to give your family the smiles they deserve? Contact our Flemington, Annandale, or Bridgewater office to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Loew or Dr. Patel will give you one-on-one attention and personalized care to help your family get healthy, stunning smiles that last for life.