Children around age 12 are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. Any issues with crowding, spaces, and bite position can be easily identified at this time which is why many children in this age range are undergoing orthodontic treatment. There are numerous treatment options for teens to seamlessly fit orthodontics into their busy lifestyles.
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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 with the most efficient use of your time. 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 while catching any complications that may be developing in the future.
Your teen’s initial appointment will consist of a full series of digital photographs and any digital x-rays as needed. They will then receive a thorough clinical examination by either of our professionally-trained orthodontists, Dr. Cooney and Dr. Tyner. A full discussion and explanation of our findings, treatment options and alternatives will be presented. This appointment takes approximately one hour and is provided at no cost to you. During the initial examination for each patient we will address any questions you may have and cover the basics of orthodontic treatment. Members of our staff will be also able to discuss scheduling and financial arrangements with you.
Since everyone’s biology and dental situations vary, treatment times will be different for each patient. We will be able give you an estimated treatment time prescribed specifically for you during the initial screening appointment.
Some of the common orthodontic problems that we are able to treat include:
Both conventional braces and Invisalign will achieve the desired result. Many teens like the discreet look of the Invisalign system while some prefer to have conventional braces with colors. The decision lies within you and your teen determining which option will work best with their lifestyle. At the initial screening, we will thoroughly discuss both options to be sure you can make an informed decision.
Some patients will qualify to use our AcceleDent Optima technology. This device may be accelerate tooth movement by approximately 40% without causing any underlying issues! AcceleDent Aura uses SoftPulse Technology™ to generate small vibrations, or micropulses, through a mouthpiece to enhance the movements directed by the orthodontics.
We offer a variety of options when it comes to getting a more ideal smile. Many times, different types of appliances may be necessary prior to or in conjunction with braces systems. For our bracket systems, we offer conventional metal brackets as well as less noticeable clear ceramic brackets. Cooney Orthodontics is also proud to be the only VIP Platinum Plus Invisalign Provider in the Albany, NY region. We will thoroughly discuss which options will be most advantageous for you at your initial screening.
All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their clear retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth as time goes on.
We are not a direct participator with insurance companies, though we do accept assignment of benefits if they are available through your plan. We offer many financial options in addition to any insurance assignment benefit, including lower down payments and customizable payment options. All financial options will be discussed and given to you at the initial consult.
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