The Right Age

Dr. Dennehy and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child see an orthodontist by age 7 and even earlier if a parent or the family dentist discovers a problem. Since no two patients are alike, there is not a specific age that is best to begin treatment. Interceptive treatment is not always necessary, but it will be recommended when it can benefit your child. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can correct small problems before they become bigger problems. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate treatment time in full braces and to provide the best, most stable results possible.

Early Intervention

Orthodontic treatment is most effective when done at the appropriate time in terms of patient growth and development. Using this as a guide, early intervention, though not always necessary, can make a dramatic impact on establishing the proper occlusal foundation. By the age of 7, some of the permanent teeth have erupted, so that most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. At this stage of mixed dentition, Dr. Dennehy can spot potential orthodontic problems related to jaw growth and eruption of adult teeth. Some growth-related orthodontic problems are easier to correct when they are treated earlier rather than later.

Dr. Dennehy only recommends early intervention when it is necessary. Many cases will not require early intervention and can be treated once all the permanent teeth erupt (around age 11).

Adolescent Treatment

Most orthodontic problems are ideally treated during this time. Usually, all or most permanent teeth are erupted and patients are at one of their most active phases of growth. This is a great time to correct most problems, as the jaws are actively growing and their growth can be most easily modified during this time.

Adult Treatment

For those who can benefit from orthodontics, age is not a factor. We are happy to provide orthodontic care to adult patients. Many adults realize that improving the health of their mouths and the attractiveness of their smiles and facial appearances can result in changes for the better in their personal, social, and professional lives. At Dennehy Orthodontics we understand that adults sometimes have esthetic concerns and because of this we are happy to offer multiple treatment options including clear/esthetic brackets, Invisalign and lingual braces.