Ortho Screeningsin Albuquerque, New Mexico

A variety of tooth and jaw issues open up the door to orthodontics in a growing child. Dr. Darren Norby may point out that your child's baby teeth appear crowded, or the relationship between the jaws isn't ideal.

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Adult’s Complete Checkup

Includes exam, x-rays, and basic cleaning.
Includes exam, x-rays, and basic cleaning.

While not generally the time for treatment, it may help you prepare for the possibility of future corrective care. As permanent teeth start to appear, usually around age 6, Dr. Darren Norby monitors the process further and helps you decide if early orthodontic treatment makes sense.

Although the majority of cases involve teenagers, braces can play a role for some kids in their earlier years. Since permanent teeth are typically larger than baby teeth, space may need to be opened with the gentle force of braces. This allows teeth to move into place properly, helping avoid more extensive treatment later.

A narrow jaw or a large overbite may create a similar dilemma. Guiding jaw growth while your child's developing can make a tremendous difference in the long-term outcome. Once the growth stops in teen years, the only corrective measure often involves surgery...always a good scenario to avoid when possible.

The Usual Track

Many youngsters benefit the most from orthodontics after baby teeth fall out and permanent teeth move into place. This classic case may start in the early teen years, leaving a nicely aligned and highly functional set of teeth going into adulthood. The length of time spent wired-up can vary, but average treatment time often falls around two years.

A variety of methods allow orthodontic treatment to solve nearly every possible scenario that appears, but successful treatment relies on good patient compliance. Wearing elastic bands consistently, keeping follow-up appointments for adjustments, and practicing outstanding home care can lead to a positive outcome. This commitment involves frequent preventive visits with your hygienist as well, a strategy that helps avoid cavities around brackets.

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A straight smile has never been easier to enjoy. Clear plastic trays, known as aligners, can work the magic of braces without the shine of metal. Combined with sophisticated 3D software, this technology brings a new smile within reach for most adults and mature teens.

A straight smile has never been easier to enjoy. Clear plastic trays, known as aligners, can work the magic of braces without the shine of metal. Combined with sophisticated 3D software, this technology brings a new smile within reach for most adults and mature teens.

Although attempts to straighten teeth occurred in ancient times, modern techniques provide outstanding results for all ages. Ideal function and pleasing aesthetics can be brought together for a lifetime of benefits.