Having a straight smile is about about more then just appearances. A healthy bit and correctly aligned teeth help prevent many different kinds of difficulties. Things such as:
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Orthodontists recommend an evaluation for children by the age of 7. Why so young? By that age, the teeth and jaws of your child are developed enough for the orthodontist to be able to identify growth and development patterns that will lead to future problems.
If there are problems actual treatment usually doesn’t start quite that young. However, generally speaking, addressing problems at an earlier age is ideal.
Research shows that serious orthodontic problems can be more easily corrected when the skeleton is still growing and flexible rather than waiting for additional growth. In fact, doing orthodontic treatment on young children can stimulate correct growth rather than leaving it to Mother Nature. So ultimately, starting treatment earlier while baby teeth are still present can result in fewer and less severe problems for the permanent teeth that will eventually come in.
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When it comes to children, orthodontists frequently take what’s called a two phase treatment approach. With two phase treatment part of the treatment starts when your child is younger to take maximum advantage of the fact that they are still growing and orthodontic treatment can strongly influence how their jaw develops. Treatment then stops for a while and is resumed again at a later date.
By doing this you can maximize the opportunity to accomplish an ideal bite – A healthy, functional and beautiful bite that will remain stable throughout your child’s life. Another advantage is that the treatment is divided into two shorter phases at the most ideal times rather than one long period of treatment.
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The goal of phase one treatment is to help your child’s jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth that are eventually going to come in and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together.
Children often exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper that is growing too much or is too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children over the age of six are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Also, if children around the age of eight have crowded front teeth, early treatment can avoid the need to extract permanent teeth later.
Children can benefit tremendously from early phase treatment. Receiving early treatment may prevent the removal of permanent teeth later in life or the need for surgical procedures to realign the jaws.
Orthodontic records are necessary to determine the type of orthodontic appliances that should be used, the length of treatment, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of models of the teeth, X-rays, and photographs.
At the end of the first phase of treatment, the teeth are not in their final positions. A successful first phase will have created room for permanent teeth to find an eruption path. Otherwise, they may become impacted or severely displaced.
The next phase is known as the resting period. At this point the permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt. Retaining devices may or may not be recommended, depending on if they would interfere with eruption. It’s best to allow the emerging permanent teeth some freedom of movement.
During this time occasional appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly.
Phase two usually involves full upper and lower braces.
Retainers are usually worn after the braces come off to help ensure that your child’s teeth remain in the correct position.
We started orthodontics in Louisville, Kentucky and when we moved it was really hard to find another orthodontist because nobody would take people who had already started treatment. But then we found Dr. Feibesh and we were really happy. For all of our appointments we’re always satisfied with the outcome.
I would refer this dentist to my friends because they are really nice here and they are always kind. When I got my braces on they were really nice and helped me with it. They’ve taken me step-by step on what to do with my rubber bands and how to wear them. Today I’m getting them off and I’m kind of relieved because I don’t have to be self-conscious about my crooked teeth anymore because now they’re straight.
My smile wasn’t very pretty at first so I thought why not make it prettier. The treatment has helped me gain confidence in my smile and it’s really fun to be here.
When I got my braces I was really scared because lots of people say they hurt. But then I met Dr. Pete and he’s really nice and he makes you feel better.
I really enjoyed having my braces done here – It took a while but I’m happy with the final result and the whole team here was very supportive.