Serving Children, Teens & Adults
At Lozman Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a full range of orthodontics for children, teens, and adults at our office in Latham.
Orthodontics for Children
Dr. Robin Lozman and Dr. Michael Lozman agree with the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) that your child should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven.
Why is an early consultation recommended?
By age seven, your child will likely have some adult teeth grown in among their baby teeth, allowing our expert doctors at Lozman Orthodontics to evaluate, diagnose, and address any potential tooth and jaw issues before they become more serious problems.
Benefits of an early consultation
Depending on the issue, early detection can prevent the need for surgery or shorten the duration needed for braces or other oral appliances. Early intervention can also benefit your child’s overall health because straight teeth are easier to clean, which reduces the risk of cavities and gum disease as your child grows older.
Early orthodontic care with Dr. Robin Lozman and Dr. Michael Lozman can:
- Help teeth grow in straight
- Promote healthy upper and lower dental arch widths
- Correct a crossbite, overbite or underbite
- Prevent overcrowded teeth
- Prevent the need for tooth extractions when they’re older
- Improve minor speech problems associated with teeth and jaw alignment or thumb sucking
Signs Your Child Should Visit an Orthodontist
Although the AAO recommends seeing an orthodontist by age seven, you may want to bring your child to Lozman Orthodontics sooner if you notice one or more of the following:
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulties chewing food
- Mouth breathing and/or difficulty breathing through their nose
- Thumb sucking
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Gaps in the teeth
- Disproportionately sized teeth or jaws
- A popping sound in the jaw
Sometimes, your child’s dentist may notice these issues and let you know it’s time to see Dr. Robin Lozman or Dr. Michael Lozman.
However, as a parent, if you have a concern about your child’s bite, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your family dentist.
Orthodontics for Teens
Let Dr. Robin Lozman, Dr. Michael Lozman, and our team of experts at Lozman Orthodontics customize a treatment plan that fits your teen’s busy, active lifestyle in Latham.
By the early teenage years, most of your permanent teeth have grown in—but your teeth still move much easier than if you seek orthodontic treatment as an adult.
Our doctors can easily recognize spacing, crowding, bite, and alignment issues in this age range and provide comfortable treatments with quicker, less frequent appointments.
At Lozman Orthodontics, your teen can choose between Invisalign clear aligners, metal self-ligating braces, or clear ceramic braces. Each of these choices offers unique benefits while transforming your teen’s smile.
Orthodontics for Adults
Believe it or not, your teeth don’t stop moving after your teen years. And it’s never too late to straighten your smile.
But braces do more than create an aesthetically pleasing smile — they promote optimal bite functioning and oral health, which is why we offer orthodontics for adults at Lozman Orthodontics.
How Orthodontic Treatment Helps Adults
Even if you didn’t need braces as a youth, you may benefit from seeing an orthodontist as an adult to prevent, diagnose, and treat the following tooth and jaw issues:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth (teeth spaced apart)
- A misaligned bite (malocclusion)
Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment can benefit your smile and your health at any age.
Promoting Optimal Oral Health
If your teeth are crooked or otherwise out of alignment, bacteria can gather in hard-to-reach areas and form plaque that leads to various oral health concerns. And if left untreated, improper teeth alignment may worsen with time and lead to serious long-term problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
Boosting Your Confidence
An added benefit of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful, more attractive smile and jaw structure. Issues like crooked or missing teeth can detract from your confidence and negatively affect your personal and professional life. After orthodontic care, most adults experience a boost in confidence that improves their quality of life.
What’s the Difference Between Orthodontics for Adults and Orthodontics for Children and Teens?
As a child or teen, your teeth and jawbones are still growing and developing, which means they can generally be corrected more easily and with fewer interventions.
Adults have teeth and jawbones that are fully developed. In children, many orthodontic growth problems can be corrected early by Dr. Robin Lozman and Dr. Michael Lozman, who can take advantage of the child's natural growth process. This approach helps avoid the need for orthognathic surgery, which is often necessary for adults with more severe malocclusions caused by skeletal problems.
Adults are also more likely to be affected by other oral concerns.
Gum Disease & Bone Loss
Gum disease (periodontitis) develops over time due to plaque buildup and inflamed gum tissue. In its mild form (gingivitis), you may notice sore and bleeding gums. In moderate to advanced cases, it can degrade the bone that supports the teeth.
If issues like crooked or overcrowded teeth are not corrected in younger patients, those patients are more likely to develop gum disease as adults.
Damaged or Missing Teeth
Adults are more likely than children to have their teeth damaged by smoking, teeth grinding and consuming acidic foods and drinks that can wear down tooth enamel.
Missing permanent teeth, whether from decay or an injury, can cause the surrounding teeth to move out of place and increase your risk of gum disease and bone loss.
Incomplete Orthodontic Treatment
We often see adult patients who began orthodontic treatment in their youth but did not finish it. They may have had braces but did not wear their retainer for the required time after, and their teeth regressed to their original positions.
They may have started treatment with clear aligners but did not wear them long enough each day, or perhaps they never got their next set when it was time.
Now that they’re adults, they understand the benefits of orthodontics and want to improve the health and appearance of their smile.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
At Lozman Orthodontics, we recognize the different needs of adult and child patients and are devoted to helping you achieve your goals.
Start your journey towards a healthy new smile today and schedule your free consultation with our expert and friendly orthodontists, Dr. Robin Lozman and Dr. Michael Lozman.
Together, we’ll discuss your options and develop an orthodontic treatment plan designed to give you the healthy, confident, ear-to-ear smile you’ve always dreamed about.