The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of 7 to ensure proper dental and skeletal growth and development.
While treatment may not necessarily be needed at that time, your orthodontist can monitor your child’s development and guide you if early interceptive treatment may be beneficial in avoiding future problematic dental issues.
In addition to addressing untreated childhood conditions, we help teens improve common conditions such as crooked teeth, protruding flared teeth, spacing, malocclusion (bite) issues, impacted teeth, and uneven smiles.
Usually by age 12 most permanent teeth have erupted into the mouth. Crowded or crooked teeth, blocked out teeth, crossbites, spacing, malocclusions, overbites and flared teeth are common problems that can easily be addressed with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment can work in tandem with your child’s growth leading to quicker and more successful outcomes. If your teen has not had their orthodontic evaluation yet, this would be a good time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kang.
Everyone deserves to have a smile that makes them feel confident, attractive, and comfortable. It is never too late to get the smile that you have always wanted. Getting orthodontic treatment as an adult can be done discreetly with clear aligners or clear braces. There are a range of treatment options available from limited cosmetic that is completed in 6-12 months or more fully comprehensive treatments that might last 18-24 months. A consultation with Dr. Kang can help identify what treatment would best meet your concerns. In addition to cosmetic improvement, we treat complex adult conditions such as facial esthetics, malocclusion (bite) issues, closing spaces from missing or extracted teeth, and periodontal (gum) problems caused by malocclusion. We work in concert with our patients’ dentists and other specialists as necessary to achieve a comfortable, stable, attractive smile.
We are experienced in diagnosing and treating dental and skeletal developmental conditions that may benefit greatly from early intervention. These may include flared or protruding teeth that are vulnerable to dental trauma, delayed eruption, and severe crowding, extra teeth, cleft palates, disproportionate jaw growth or blocked out teeth that require guided eruption. By treating these problems early, we can create a better environment in which the adult teeth can erupt. This first phase of orthodontic treatment is typically focused on correcting specific problems and takes 12 months or less. Once phase 1 is complete, Dr. Kang will continue to monitor your child’s growth and development. A second phase of orthodontic treatment is usually necessary once all the permanent adult teeth have erupted.
When most or all permanent teeth have erupted, comprehensive orthodontic treatment can address simple and complex crowding, alignment, spacing and bite issues. Comprehensive treatment involves the treatment of both upper and lower teeth focusing on optimizing both esthetics and function. This is the most common orthodontic treatment for teens and adults.
Surgical & Multi-specialty
Whether you have missing teeth, excessive or deficient jaw growth, severely worn dentition, or gum recession, more complex dental conditions require clear communication and careful planning with your dentist and other dental specialists. Dr. Kang will plan your treatment after careful consultation with your dentist and other dental specialists for seamless transition of care between doctors involved in your care.