Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Orthodontic Fun Facts, from Sanborn Orthodontics

Everyone loves fun facts, so the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that our team at Sanborn Orthodontics though you might enjoy.

  • There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States.

  • The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D. 23-79).

  • The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.

  • The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.

  • Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.

  • The cement that attaches the braces to teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.

  • Wires activated by body heat used in today's braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.

  • In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.

Hope you enjoy these fun facts! Let us know of any other great facts you may know or find and give Sanborn Orthodontics a call if you have any questions about treatment!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kids Getting Braces at a Younger Age

In the past, braces were originally considered to be best appropriate for teens. But these days, kids as old as 7 are beginning their orthodontic treatment. Because pre-adolescent kids are typically not self-conscious, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggest it could be a good idea to start early. Experts, however, say it depends on the treatment required. Some children who get braces at an early age end up in a second phase of treatment, and end up having braces well into their teenage years despite starting young. Most orthodontic treatment begins between ages 9 and 14, and the folks at the AAO estimate most orthodontic treatment lasts from 1 to 3 years, with 2 years being the average. It's important, however, that children be screened around age 7 for Dr. Sanborn to assess what the best age for their treatment is. I hope this helps! Give us Sanborn Orthodontics a call if you have any questions about your child's treatment!!!