Why choose an orthodontist?
Just like a specialist in medicine, orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry. And like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area.
After completing four years of dental school, Dr. Foltz entered a selective residency program where he completed two and a half years of additional training in orthodontics (the movement of teeth) and dentofacial orthopedics (the guidance of facial development).
Based on the recommendation from the American Association of Orthodontists, we advise that children receive their first orthodontic screening by age seven. Not every child needs early treatment, but by seeing your child early on, we will be able to recognize potential problems and can correct them using limited braces and/or various appliances before they become more serious.
The most common age for orthodontic treatment is between ages 11-15. During this period, kids go through phases of rapid growth and development. We can take advantage of this by guiding the growth of the bone and the eruption of teeth to obtain an ideal bite, smile and facial profile.
The social element to receiving orthodontic treatment at this age is another important benefit. The increased confidence of a beautiful smile during this time is invaluable. If your teenager needs braces, they aren’t alone! Many of their friends and classmates will also be receiving orthodontic care.
It is never too late to have the smile you’ve always wanted! More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile and gain self confidence. Almost half of the patients at our office are adults! With more aesthetic options for treatment like Invisalign and clear braces, orthodontics can fit any lifestyle.