Orthodontics for Children
Dr. Cherre and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children be seen for an initial orthodontic evaluation at the age of seven. There are a myriad of reasons that children should be seen by an orthodontist at this age, including spatial and functional problems. There are also growth issues that can be corrected sooner and with less effort and discomfort if addressed early. Early correction can be a way to lessen or even possibly forgo future orthodontic treatment. And in some cases, early treatment can spare the child from having poor self-esteem from having to wait for treatment for crowded teeth.
Sometimes growth can be aided by having Phase One treatment. Phase One treatment options can “pave the way” for teeth to erupt and alleviate some crowding issues. Phase Two finishes up the work Phase One began after a period of “rest” after waiting for the teeth to erupt and allowing the jaw and face to grow.
Creating a Positive Experience
Dr. Cherre and our team understand that the prospect of orthodontic treatment can be intimidating for both patients and parents. We work hard to make our office a fun, safe, and exciting place to visit with a professional but relaxed atmosphere in the clinic area. Plus, we offer cookies and hot chocolate as an after-appointment treat, and have a very exciting rewards point system for patients to earn points for gift cards. For even more fun before or after appointments, we also have a Wii and a Nintendo—game on!
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”
Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
- Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait to receive treatment.
- What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
- YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
Braces Your Way!
Our practice offers a variety of braces, types and styles, to choose from. Some common options include:
- Ceramic braces
- Invisible braces
- Lingual braces
- Traditional metal braces
Orthodontic braces are a big part of life for many people your age. While braces may have had a bad reputation in the past, today's braces make it easy to look good and feel good! Please contact our practice to schedule your next orthodontic checkup.
Orthodontics for Adults
A great smile is something everyone deserves, regardless of age. Our adult patients understand the need of an aesthetically pleasing smile as a confidence booster, and they realize that straight teeth, in proper alignment, make good oral hygiene easier to maintain.
Our adult patients can take advantage of several types of treatment to correct crooked teeth, malocclusion, and even TMJ problems. We offer:
- Invisalign® clear aligners
- Clear ceramic braces
- Iconix™ soft gold braces
- Traditional metal braces
As with all patients, adults need to maintain good oral hygiene while in braces and follow aligner and retainer directions as prescribed. This is the best way to ensure the best results in the shortest amount of time.
At Cherre Orthodontics, we care for patients all ages in our practice and we want everyone, no matter what age to feel comfortable here. Our Ellisville orthodontic office’s atmosphere is adult friendly, as well as kid friendly. We get to know our patients and they become friends during their time with us.
There is nothing wrong with an adult wearing braces or aligners—be proud that you are taking the proper steps to correct your bite and make a beautiful smile for yourself! That is something to celebrate!
To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics please contact our practice to schedule an appointment. We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.