We want to make your smile the best it can be! We specialize in quality orthodontic care for adults and children. We offer a variety of services and office hours for your convenience.
- CLASS I (Misaligned/Spacing):Teeth are crowded, crooked, turned or spaced too far apart.
- CLASS II( Overbite): Upper Jaw or teeth are too far in front, or lower jaw or teeth are too far back.
- CLASS III (Underbite): Lower jaw or teeth are too far in front, or upper jaw or teeth are too far back.
- CROSSBITE: Some upper teeth lose inside of lower teeth.
- DEEP (or Closed) BITE: Upper front teeth significantly overlap lower teeth
- OPEN BITE: Front teeth stay open when you bite down
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In some cases, an early stage of interceptive treatment can be invaluable in the overall success of orthodontics. Children as young as 5-6 years old can benefit greatly if the nature of the problem is with a skeletal (Jaw) discrepancy and not just the teeth.
Typical examples of where early treatment is indicated are:
- excessive overbites
In addition, certain habits, such as thumb-sucking, if not corrected early, could lead to severe problems with the bite later.
Early treatment is usually reasonably simple, and successful interceptive orthodontics would often reduce the difficulty and the expense of any subsequent treatments that may be needed later on.
ADVANTAGES OF EARLY TREATMENT
- Improves the relationship of the upper and lower jaws, allowing more normal development and avoiding severe permanent skeletal disharmonies
- Improves facial balance
- In some cases of crossbites, prevents irreversible damage to the gums
- Prevents uneven wear of the front teeth
- Utilizes the maximum potential of growth, essential to successful treatment
DISADVANTAGES OF EARLY TREATMENT
May require further treatment (Phase II)
If Phase II treatment is required, total treatment time is longer than if we waited and did entire treatment in one phase
If there is no skeletal jaw discrepancy, it is often best to wait until all permanent teeth are erupted (usually 11-13). This treatment will typically take 18-24 months. However, if there is a skeletal jaw imbalance, there is no substitute for early interceptive orthodontics
The first appointment is a clinical examination to determine your orthodontic needs. We will advise you of any problems, and the necessity of corrective treatment.
If treatment is indicated, records will be taken to enable the doctor to study the problem and determine corrective procedures. Our staff will take impressions for upper and lower jaw study models, facial and oral photographs, a panoramic x-ray and a lateral cephalometric x-ray to accurately assess the structure of the teeth and jaw relationship.
Following the examination, your dentist will receive a written diagnostic report of the initial assessment and the doctor's treatment recommendation. Before the orthodontic treatment begins, we strongly recommend that you have your teeth cleaned and any cavities restored. After the braces are fitted, the regular dental visits should continue at least every six months, for cleaning, fluoride treatments, periodontal evaluation and examination for cavities.
We place a great deal of emphasis on keeping your teeth, gums and braces immaculately clean! We will work with you to improve your oral hygiene, in order to avoid potentially serious and permanent damage to the teeth and gums, and eliminate tooth decay.
The role of the patient cannot be overestimated. Your efforts to take care of the orthodontic appliances, avoid breakage, keep the teeth clean, wear elastics and removable appliances, are critical to completing the treatment successfully and on time.