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It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own.
Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child is evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Although determining if orthodontic treatment is necessary can be difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.
Crowded or overlapping teeth, gaps between the teeth, front top teeth not lining up with the bottom teeth, top front teeth not meeting with bottom teeth and top front teeth covering more than 50% of the bottom teeth. If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which may require early orthodontic treatment. These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.
Phase I, or Interceptive Treatment, is aimed at intercepting a moderate or severe orthodontic problem early in order to reduce or eliminate it. These problems most often include crossbites (of the front or back teeth) and crowding.
Phase I treatment takes advantage of the early growth spurt and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. This can often reduce the need for extractions or jaw surgery and allows us to deliver better long-term results and treatment options. This phase of treatment usually begins while the permanent front teeth are erupting (typically around the age of 8-9). Most Phase I patients will require a Phase II treatment in order to achieve an ideal bite.
Phase 2 treatment is what people think of as “normal” treatment that is mostly focused on patients with fullyformed oral features.
Don’t worry! Phase 1 treatment is not a way for us to charge for two sets of braces – it’s only a way to help patients achieve the best possible results and possibly save overall treatment time and difficulty.
Absolutely not! Only certain orthodontic problems require early intervention. In fact, most of our patients are able to wait until most if not all their permanent teeth erupt to begin their orthodontic treatment.
This is not recommended. If your child needs Phase I treatment this usually means that he has a difficult problem that requires attention now. If no orthodontic action is taken, treatment options become limited, more difficult, and the long-term stability may be compromised. In addition, it may lead to extractions, jaw surgery and increased costs.
Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in recent years. New technology allows us to use lighter forces to move the teeth over a much shorter amount of time. You can expect the braces to make your teeth sore for a few days after they are placed and after each adjustment.
These adjustments will make you more conscious of your teeth, but they should not be painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever (use as directed). Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.
Our average patient wears their braces for approximately 14-18 months – much less time than even a few years ago! The length of time spent in braces depends on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation, and the degree of movement possible.
This refers to orthodontic treatment when all permanent teeth are erupted (adolescents or adults). It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
No way! While adult teeth sometimes move a little slower than children’s teeth, you are never too old to benefit from braces. A large portion of our practice is devoted to adult orthodontic care. In fact, we have several patients in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s!
Extraction treatment means that permanent teeth need to be removed, most often to allow the front teeth to be pulled back if a patient’s profile is too full.
Non-extraction treatment is accomplished by expanding the arches in order to make room for all the permanent teeth. Rarely is it necessary to have permanent teeth removed for crowding.
Yes. When teeth are missing, the teeth on each side of the space will tend to drift into the empty space. This can create a number of problems. First of all, these spaces between the teeth are unattractive and can detract from your smile.
Additionally, tipping of the teeth can lead to problems with function and recession of the gum tissue. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
Honestly, we want to answer your questions and the best way to do that is to get in touch with us. We know that choosing an orthodontist can be stressful, but we want you to feel comfortable talking with us about it.
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