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Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.

By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.

Early treatment allows your orthodontist to:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

For parents, it's not always easy to know if your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your child needs to see an orthodontist:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • A hard time chewing or biting food
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger or thumb sucking
  • Crowded, misplaced, or blocked teeth
  • Jaws that pop or make sounds when opening and closing
  • Teeth that come together abnormally, or do not come together at all
  • Jaws and teeth that are not proportionate to the rest of the face
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.


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

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, Drs. Insoft and Hurst have treated thousands of adult patients at our Seminole and St. Petersburg orthodontic offices. Most of the adults we see choose to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance.

Adults throughout Pinellas and Manatee Counties are taking advantage of the opportunity to achieve a healthier mouth and a more confident smile through orthodontic care at Insoft & Hurst Orthodontics. Braces can correct:

Braces can correct:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth

When thinking about orthodontic treatment, consider the following:

  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it's needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

Treatment options for adults

For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, Insoft & Hurst Orthodontics offers a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. In addition to traditional metal braces, we also offer:

  • Damon® Smile self-ligating braces
  • Damon® Clear™ clear braces
  • Invisalign® clear aligners

Adult orthodontics vs. orthodontics for children and teens

Treating adults is slightly different than treating children or teens because the jawbones of younger patients are still developing, so some prediction of growth is necessary.  Adult treatment is not much different, because although the bone is developed, studies have shown that when teeth are moved through healthy bone, it actually causes new bone to form or regenerate, which is great for adult patients with small areas of bone loss. Other differences include:

  • Gum or bone loss (periodontal disease) — Adults are more likely than children to experience gum recession or even bone loss due to gingivitis or advanced periodontal disease. Patients with straighter teeth are less likely to get gum disease.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Over time teeth can become worn down and shift into different positions that can only be corrected with orthodontic care. Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift and tilt, creating a bad bite and increasing the possibility of gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment as a teen — Many adults received some orthodontic treatment as a child or teen, but never completed their treatment. As an adult, they choose to complete their orthodontic treatment to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they always wanted.

Why choose Insoft & Hurst for your orthodontic treatment?

Dr. Insoft or Dr. Hurst will spend one-on-one time with you at each and every appointment. An assistant will prepare you to see the doctor, but he/she will do all of the adjustments. We have a caring team of doctors, assistants, and clerical staff that love what we do and the smiles we create. We take a conservative approach towards an outcome of perfection!

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our Seminole or St. Petersburg orthodontic practice to schedule a complimentary consultation. During this initial appointment, one of our certified assistants will take a panoramic X-ray and digital photographs followed by a full intraoral exam with the doctor. We then answer all your questions in detail, as well as discuss all of your financial options.

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