Published on July 14, 2017, Updated on July 14, 2017
Just how important is receiving proper orthodontic care when it comes to a child’s smile? How about an adult’s? Orthodontic care can always benefit a patient, even when it comes to simply reducing the risk for tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. We specialize in orthodontic care through many methods such as traditional metal brackets, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, Invisalign and more. All of these options can benefit a patient when it comes to perfecting a smile.
For children, teeth-straightening can work wonders at boosting self-esteem and self-confidence. For adults, proper orthodontic care can increase confidence as well as improve the way you are perceived by others. There are many pros to receiving orthodontic care and no patient is ever too old to receive a beautiful smile. Let us show you all the pros to orthodontic care and why it’s worth your time to invest in a better smile today!
Many people know that seeing the dentist is vitally important to keep your oral health in check. What about seeing the orthodontist? Did you know that orthodontic care can also help you avoid problems with tooth decay and gum disease? Dentists generally recommend orthodontic care to many of their patients because of the benefits it can give you. When the teeth are straighter, they are much easier to clean. Straight teeth are especially beneficial when it comes to flossing in between teeth. Crooked teeth are generally harder to clean. This can lead to problems such as abnormal bite, speech impediments, teeth that fracture easier, and gums that are more prone to gum disease. Gum disease is one of the oral diseases you definitely want to avoid as it causes the gums to recede from the teeth and for the teeth to fall out.
Child orthodontics is becoming more and more popular because of how much it can help your oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children visit an orthodontist by age 7 to be screened for bite problems. The orthodontist will check for crowded, spaced or crooked teeth at this early age as well as misaligned jaws and the presence of an abnormal bite. With children, the jaw is still moldable and correcting bite and jaw problems are much easier to do.
If your child has trouble biting, chewing, speaking, or other problem with their bite or jaw, child orthodontic care can help correct the problem. This will greatly help your child be more confident in school and at home. Proper orthodontic care can also help reverse speech impairments. Studies have shown that children who receive orthodontic care to correct alignment and bite problems generally are more confident and do better in school. After early orthodontic treatment is completed, your child will most likely receive additional orthodontic services via braces when they are an adolescent. This will correct alignment of the teeth after all the adult teeth have come into the mouth.
Braces are not just for children! More and more adults are choosing to receive orthodontic care each year. About 1/4th of all patients with braces are adults. In modern times, orthodontic care through braces has become a hot commodity. It’s something people are investing in even if their budget barely allows it. The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and more, conducted studies about orthodontic treatment. They found that families are doing all they can to provide orthodontic care for themselves and their children, even if it means going without basic necessities. Why? Because a straighter smile can change your life.
Studies have shown that a straighter smile can make a person more confident not only in their professional life but also in their home and social life. In surveys conducted, people with straighter smiles are perceived to be more confident and successful in a first-impression. They are seen as more attractive and trustworthy. The social, professional and health benefits of orthodontic care truly are vast!
We offer the following at our office:
We want all of our patients to receive their orthodontic care in the most comfortable way possible. We offer you many options so you can customize your experience with braces to fit your needs and goals. Simply choosing to receive orthodontic care is a step in the right direction. To schedule your orthodontic appointment, call our Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office today at (720) 887-6003.
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level constantly. This application remediates the website’s HTML, adapts Its functionality and behavior for screen-readers used by the blind users, and for keyboard functions used by individuals with motor impairments.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we are continually improving our accessibility, adding, updating and improving its options and features, and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility, following technological advancements. For any assistance, please reach out to