All Ages Accepted
Goings Orthodontics is excited to serve patients of all ages around Fort Collins and Windsor. Whether you're a child, teen, or adult, it's our goal to give you a smile that you can be proud to show off.
Orthodontics for Children
Every parent has many questions about their child’s dental health. We know it can be challenging trying to understand some child orthodontic treatments in Fort Collins — especially if it’s recommended for younger children.
Early Fort Collins pediatric dentistry treatments aim to develop space that allows all permanent teeth (excluding wisdom teeth) to erupt or correct a function issue (severe overbite or underbite) or correct a shift in the upper or lower jaw which can affect growth. Dr. Goings recommends child orthodontics in Fort Collins only in specific cases.
Because early treatment and pediatric dentistry in Fort Collins are different than what most people have gone through themselves, the consultation process is very important. Dr. Goings thoroughly discusses your child’s teeth, growth yet to come, and possible treatment needs. Parents leave the office full of knowledge about their child’s teeth and child orthodontics in Fort Collins.
Not all children are candidates for early treatment. If your child is not a candidate, he/she is placed into a growth and observation stage for monitoring. Usually, these appointments are 6 or 12 months apart.
If you do have further questions, please call our office to arrange a free consultation. This information below helps you understand a bit about our Fort Collins pediatric dentistry.
When Is the Best Time to Begin Orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Goings recommend that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age seven. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontic Evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist like Dr. Goings can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is Age 7 Considered the Optimal Time for Screening?
By the age of seven, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships.
For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What Are the Advantages of Interceptive Treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
A large percentage (approximately 35% – 40%) of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset—their smiles. Braces aren’t just for kids anymore—adult orthodontics in Fort Collins is common.
Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of adult dentistry treatments in Fort Collins that are designed for different age groups—including adults.
Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment as an Adult
- Dramatically improve personal appearance
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Improve the health of your teeth and gums—extremely important!
- Prevent gum and bone loss
- Prevent tooth decay and abnormal wear of tooth enamel and surfaces
- Prevent headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use for adult orthodontics in Fort Collins greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, and shorten treatment time (something that is very important to our adult patients).
Your options include metal braces, clear braces, or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During your first free consultation exam, we will determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. When you leave our office, you’ll know how long your Fort Collins adult orthodontics treatment will be and the exact cost of the investment.