All Ages Accepted
Everyone deserves a beautiful smile.
We’re proud to offer a full range of orthodontics for children, teens, and adults at both our Manitowoc and Sheboygan offices.
Orthodontics for Children
There’s no minimum age for your child to begin orthodontic treatment, but the American Association of Orthodontists suggests kids visit an orthodontist by age seven.
By this time, your child should have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth. This makes it easier for Dr. Just to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems before they have the chance to become more severe.
Early, or interceptive, treatment with Just Orthodontics lets us:
- Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw
- Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
- Create more space for crowded teeth
- Help avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
- Correct bad habits like thumb sucking
- Help improve minor speech problems
As a parent, it's not always easy to determine if your child may need orthodontic treatment just by looking at your child. Some things to look out for that may indicate your child needs to see an orthodontist are:
- Baby teeth that are lost too early or later than expected
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- 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 don’t come together at all
- Jaws and teeth that don’t fit the rest of your child’s face
- Crowded front teeth from about the of age seven or eight
Just Orthodontics offers free initial consultations, so get in touch with us to schedule an appointment for your child’s first orthodontic evaluation. Early treatment now means a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.
Orthodontics for Teens
If you have a teen who recently learned braces can improve their smile, you probably have lots of questions. You may also be feeling nervous or worried when you think about beginning the process.
But there’s no need to worry. Bulky, uncomfortable metal braces are a thing of the past. Today’s braces are smaller, sleeker, and far more comfortable than ever before. They also come in a variety of styles, materials, and even colors.
One of the biggest questions on your teen’s mind before having braces put on is often, “How long will I have to wear these?” Although there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to that, we can estimate the amount of time it will take to treat their smile with braces based on a few key factors.
Early treatment — Since early treatment allows us to monitor the growth of your teen’s jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if necessary, we’re often able to catch problems in the beginning stages. This can cut down on the total time your teen will need to wear braces.
What areas need correction — The amount of treatment your teen will need to correct a problem will determine how long the process itself takes. It’s important to remember that different patients react to treatment in different ways.
What takes one patient only 12 months may take another patient 24 or 36 months. Treatment times will also vary depending on how quickly your teen’s body responds, and how much actual work is needed to give them their very best smile.
Your teen — Your teen’s willingness to “play by the rules” plays a major role in the length of time it will take to complete their treatment. By sticking to Dr. Just’s recommendations, taking care of their braces, and maintaining a healthy dental hygiene routine, they can keep their treatment time to a minimum.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for children and teens. One in every five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21.
Many adults choose to get treatment later in life because they understand the importance of maintaining their oral health, they want to feel better about their overall appearance, or both.
If you’ve experienced any of the following issues, orthodontic treatment may be for you:
- A bad bite (malocclusion) causing your teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Your teeth are too crowded or spaced too far apart
- Any abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Or simply a desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile!
Although the thought of wearing braces as an adult can be intimidating, there are several options that are discreet but effective.
At Just Orthodontics, we offer ceramic braces, which blend in closely with your own smile, and Invisalign, a clear aligner system that is nearly invisible.
Why Think About Orthodontic Treatment?
Straight teeth are healthy teeth. When your teeth are properly aligned, it’s easier to keep them clean with flossing and brushing.
This makes it easier to prevent other oral problem that can affect your overall health.
On the other hand, deciding not the get orthodontic treatment when you need it can cause long term health issues.
A healthy, straight smile builds confidence and self-esteem. Successful orthodontic treatment can give you a better quality of life.