Before your child is scheduled for their orthodontic treatment, prepare them for what’s ahead with the following: Inform – Your child is likely to have many questions and fears, and they may not be willing to ask us during their appointment. Make sure your child knows that they can ask you anything, and stay informed about every procedure so that you know how to answer their questions. Prepare – Let them know what they can expect in terms of preparation and maintenance. For example, what should they know about how their teeth will feel after their braces are put on
Once you complete the active part of your orthodontic treatment teeth are in their final straight position. However, they are still not 100% secure and stable in their new straight position. Retainer is an appliance worn after removal of your braces to keep your teeth in their final straight position. Full time retainer wear is indicated for the first 6 months, and night time wear thereafter to keep teeth in their final position. There are different types of retainers (removable vs. bonded). The type of retainer is decided on by your orthodontist based on factors involving your retention needs. Essix
What is the advantage of two-phase orthodontic treatment? Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and controlling the proper skeletal and facial developmental changes. The over-all purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal facial proportions for best attractive, healthy and functional result that will remain stable and pleasing throughout life. What happens if I put off treatment? Putting off treatment can result in a need for more invasive treatment later in life that may not completely fix the bite and smile. You may lose the window of opportunity to take advantage
Living with sleep apnea can be challenging. You struggle with little sleep, health consequences, and all of the issues that make sleep apnea such a dangerous long-term condition. In the past, traditional sleep apnea treatment has only consisted of getting a CPAP or BiPAP machine – a bulky and sometimes uncomfortable device that included a mask that you needed to wear every night while you sleep. It’s an effective treatment when used. The problem is that many people will not use it, leaving their sleep apnea untreated and setting themselves at risk for the complications that this condition can create.
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the recommendation of American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) is to visit the orthodontist no later than age seven. By this age, most children are in mix dentition (have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth), making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems before they become bigger and affect the child’s growth and development permanently; and in doing so prevent need for future surgery/extraction. Early intervention and treatment allows your orthodontist to: Intercept bad oral habits (i.e. thumb sucking, tongue thrusting)
An orthodontist is to teeth as a cardiologist is to the heart. The same way it is important to have the cardiologist handle your heart problems, it is important to have an orthodontist straighten your teeth. Orthodontists are very highly trained specialists. They partner with your general dentist to provide you and your love ones with the best comprehensive oral health care possible. Orthodontists are specialized dentists, who after graduating from dental school and go on to additional full-time advance didactic and clinical training in an accredited orthodontic residency program. The training lasts at least two to three academic years