- A more attractive smile
- Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
- Better function of the teeth
- Possible increase in self-confidence
- Increased ability to clean the teeth
- Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
- Better long-term health of teeth and gums
- Guidance of permanent teeth into more favorable positions
- Reduced risk of injury to protruded front teeth
- Aids in optimizing other dental treatment
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
- Finger- or thumb-sucking habits which continue after six or seven years old
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- An unbalanced facial appearance
- Grinding or blenching of the teeth
- Upper front teeth that protrude excessively over the lower teeth, or are bucked
- Upper front teeth that cover the majority of the lower teeth when biting together (deep bite)
- Upper front teeth that are behind or inside the lower front teeth (underbite)
- The upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting together (open bite)
- Crowded or overlapping teeth
- The center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
- Teeth wearing unevenly or excessively
- The lower jaw shifts to one side or the other when biting together
- Excessive spaces between the teeth
Malocclusions (aka. “bad bites”), like those illustrated below, will benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for full evaluation. If your child has one or more of these dental issues, please contact us by setting up a free consultation. (Please add link to the words “free consultation” to an online form that will be email us their contact information once they hit submit.) We can help give you some peace of mind by discussing your child’s orthodontic options and developing a treatment plan that is customized for your child’s needs.
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. In fact, many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Oftentimes, early interceptive treatment can help a patient avoid future extractions of adult teeth, surgery to correct skeletal imbalances, and other more serious complications.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child visit an orthodontic by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by the parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.
If you are unsure whether your child needs early interceptive treatment, we encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation. Many concerned parents are relieved to have some peace of mind after the consultation appointment.
Phase I treatment (also called “Early Interceptive Treatment”) is limited orthodontic treatment when a child still has a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth. Phase I treatment is necessary when your child has dental / skeletal problems that are easy to fix now, but will become more difficult to fix later (for example, requiring more extensive and costly orthodontic treatment, extraction of permanent teeth, or surgery). Phase I treatment, if necessary, is usually started between the ages of 6 and 10. This treatment can make more space for developing teeth to erupt properly, and correct crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits that cause teeth to shift into unhealthy positions. Phase I treatment usually lasts between 6-12 months, longer if the problem is more serious. The primary objective of Phase I treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
Phase II treatment is also called Comprehensive Treatment because it involves full braces (or Invisalign) when all the permanent teeth have erupted (usually between the ages of 11 and 13).
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goals of orthodontics. However, since new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary.