Orthodontics

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process, and most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

As part of the growth modification process, growth modification appliances are used to correct the shape, position or width of the jawbone(s).

Because growth modification is at the center of orthodontic treatment, the younger the patient, the more ideal the treatment outcome. Early mixed dentition, which is marked by the emergence of the permanent teeth at the ages of 6 to 7, is considered the optimum age for most types of malocclusion.

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Interceptive Ortho

Interceptive Orthodontics identifies children’s teeth that are coming in crooked or crowded, usually by the age of 7. This is the best time to begin to correct problems such as dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems. Early dental treatment can reduce the time and sometimes eliminate the need for braces later on. 

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Orthodontic Retainers

Retainers are used to hold and maintain teeth in their new fixed positions following orthodontic treatment. Some pressure and soreness may be experienced for the first few days of wearing a retainer, but the discomfort soon fades.

What does a retainer do?

Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your bite will not be fully stabilized at first and the bone surrounding your teeth will not be fully organized. Because of this, the chances your teeth will revert to their original, improper position are high. Your teeth need time to stabilize into their new position.

A retainer will help teeth maintain their new adjusted positioning. Depending on the type of retainer used, some may be a removable appliance or a fixed wire bonded to the back of your front teeth.

How long must I wear a retainer?

Depending on the specifics your case, retainer use may be required each night as you sleep. In some cases, retainers may need to be worn during the daytime as well. The needed timeframe for retainer use may also vary depending on your specific case. Some people may need to wear a retainer for several years; some may not require that length of time. Some patients may need to wear a fixed or removable retainer the rest of their lives.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. The first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. The second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

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