About Braces

For Children and Adults

Orthodontics for children

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required, and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, over/underbites, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment begins early, the orthodontist can direct the growth of the jaw while guiding incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

Types of Teeth Problems in Children

All children should have an orthodontic check-up by age 7.
The American Association of Orthodontists suggests each child should be checked by an orthodontist no later than age seven. An appointment by age seven means your child has enough adult teeth for your orthodontist to evaluate and recommend appropriate treatment, yet your child’s face and jaw are not fully grown. Treatment before both are fully grown allows for best results for a beautiful, broad smile.


Orthodontics for adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients, as their jaws are no longer growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth, which may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

Braces at any age!

Not sure if adult braces are right for you? At OMI Orthodontics we think braces are right at any age because we offer so many varieties of braces! Watch this video to find out more about braces at any age.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see which option is best for you! We’ll work with you from start to finish to ensure that you are happy with your orthodontic treatment before, during and after. We want you to feel right at home while you’re here, and we want you to leave with the beautiful smile that you have always dreamed of! And for our adult patients that do not want treatment that is noticeable, we offer lingual braces that are hidden behind your teeth or clear aligner trays that will straighten your teeth while being nearly invisible! Because at OMI Orthodontics, we offer results that people can see with treatment they can’t!

Types of braces

Types of Appliances

Elastics (rubber bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.

Herbst® appliance

The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.


Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, corrected positions. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment. Together we worked hard to achieve your beautiful smile, and we take seriously the task of helping you maintain that “Smile for Life.” Ask about our Retainer Program! We’re offering four retainers for the price of one! And we want to give you the convenience our Retainer Program offers. Through the program, you will automatically receive a new retainer every 2½ years for a total of ten years, or sooner if your retainer becomes weakened, worn or lost. All you have to do is call our office, and we’ll ship you a new one, anywhere in the world!

Separators or spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. If your separators fall out before your next scheduled visit, please place the rubber bands given to you at your initial appointment approximately one to two hours before your next scheduled visit. You can follow the diagram given to you at your appointment to see where the separators should be placed. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, so please avoid these types of snacks while your separators are in place. You will also have to avoid flossing those teeth where separators are located. If you have questions or concerns, please call our office. We’d be happy to help!

“The staff always greeted me with a smile and always kept me updated about what was going on. I was told that my braces would be on for 2 years but I got them off sooner. Which made me so happy! Braces were a lot better than I had expected. Now my teeth look amazing and I love my smile!”