Orthodontics

Orthodontics for All Ages

At Summit Dental Partners we treat children, teens, and adults on their journey of using orthodontic treatment to achieve their happiest smile.

Orthodontic Evaluations for Children

There’s no magic age for starting a child’s orthodontic treatment, but the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children come in for their first evaluation around the age of seven. At this early age, we are able to identify any potential problems and monitor them accordingly. Much like dental care, early detection of developing issues allows us to prevent more serious problems that may require complicated treatment down the road.

Your child may require early orthodontic treatment if he or she has:

  • A crossbite
  • A severe overbite
  • A severe underbite
  • Severely overcrowded teeth
  • Misplaced teeth
  • A chronic habit of thumb sucking or tongue thrusting

Have Confidence In Your Smile!

Call or Text us to Schedule your Complimentary Consultation at: (908) 499-8707

Orthodontic Treatment for Teens

The ideal window for orthodontic treatment to begin is indicated once all the baby teeth have fallen out and before the roots of the permanent teeth have fully developed. This varies greatly from child to child but is often somewhere between the ages of 10-14. The good news is that braces today are much less cumbersome than their past counterparts since today’s materials are lighter and smaller.

The length of a child’s treatment depends on a variety of factors: the severity of the teen’s case, the way in which the teeth and jaw accept the treatment, and perhaps the number one determining factor, the teen’s cooperation and compliance. When teens follow instructions and take good care of their orthodontic appliances, treatment is finished more quickly.

Benefits of orthodontic treatment during adolescence:

  • Provides improvement of severe bite problems that can’t be done in non-growing patients
  • Allows for space to be preserved, reducing the need for permanent teeth removal
  • Can instill a strong sense of self-confidence

We look forward to working with your teen!

Have Confidence In Your Smile!

Call or Text us to Schedule your Complimentary Consultation at: (908) 499-8707

Orthodontic Care for Adults

If you’re an adult and wondering if you’ve missed your chance for orthodontics, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, more than one-quarter of our patients are over 21, and we’ve witnessed beautiful changes in their smiles. When it comes to treating adults, we understand that they may find it less appealing to wear metal braces, so we offer a variety of options that might more easily complement your professional life.

Treatment Options Available to Adults:

  • Invisalign/Clear Aligners—If you’d like to achieve a straighter smile in a discreet way, Invisalign’s clear aligners may be the ideal choice for you. And, they can be removed, so your eating and teeth cleaning habits can remain the same.
  • Clear braces—Similar to metal braces in shape and size, clear braces are more subtle as they are made of translucent or clear material.
  • Lingual braces—Bonded to back of your teeth, these braces can’t be seen at all.
  • Traditional braces—The least popular option among adults (because they are so often associated with youngsters) are small metal brackets bonded to the front of your teeth, connected by a thin wire.

We have seen excellent results in children, teens and adults, and we are excited to meet with you and help you along your journey to a beautiful smile.