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Right Age FOR TREATMENT

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist for an initial examination by the age of seven, however, there are limited cases that actually necessitate care at this early age. Interceptive (early) orthodontic care is done only in select patients with select types of problems such as posterior crossbite with a functional shift of the lower jaw, anterior crossbite, underbite, severe overjet (protrusion of the top teeth), or severe crowding.

Posterior Crossbite: A posterior crossbite will usually result from a narrow upper jaw or abnormally wide lower jaw. A narrow upper jaw will often force a patient to move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing into a stable bite. When closed into this accommodating position, the lower teeth are located outside the upper teeth. A posterior crossbite can involve one side of the jaw, known as a unilateral crossbite or both sides of the jaw known as a bilateral crossbite.

Underbite: An underbite is typically evidenced by the upper front teeth being in contact or edge-to-edge with the lower teeth. A severe underbite may be considered an openbite in which case an opening appears between the upper and lower front teeth.

Anterior Crossbite: An anterior crossbite is typically an orthodontic problem evidenced by the appearance of the lower front teeth being too far forward in front of the upper front teeth.

Crowding: Crowding of the teeth is probably the most common orthodontic problem. Although many factors contribute to dental crowding, this problem typically stems from a discrepancy between space in each jaw and in the size of the teeth.

Overbite: Also known as an overbite, a deep bite is excessive overlapping of the front teeth and is generally found in association with a discrepancy between the length of the upper and lower jaws, it usually results in excessive eruption of the upper or lower incisors or both.

We always try to avoid extracting teeth if possible. However, in some cases, there is simply not enough room in the jaws to fit all of the teeth.

Adolescent Care: Adolescents are the majority of orthodontic patients. Often, this is the ideal time to straighten the teeth and correct the bite since all or nearly all of the teeth have erupted. A healthy smile is a confident smile and we believe every patient deserves the opportunity to smile with confidence. Orthodontic treatment can provide your teenagers with the opportunity to feel good about themselves and smile with confidence.

Orthodontics is more than straight teeth. An overbite, underbite, a dysfunctional smile, a sunken or protruding chin can, in many cases be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Proper tooth and jaw alignment are critical to achieving proper long-term oral health.

One of the most recent developments in orthodontic treatment techniques is the innovation of smaller, more active braces. The small braces are less obvious, more discriminate and the more active banding material reduces the number of visits to our office, which means, fewer visits and shorter treatment times.

Our offices are geared toward making this experience a fun place for teenagers.

We strive to make the offices a destination rather than just one more place to go to after school. There is always something fun going on with the practice, whether it is inviting all of the patients to a private showing of a movie at the theatres, a party at the ice skating rink, giving away a pair of orange Crocs, or embroidered tie dyed T-shirt to patients the day they start treatment.



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