How Do I Know If My Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment?
It is often difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary. There are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth may look straight. We are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
At What Age Should My Child Be Seen By An Orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by the age of seven. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?
When orthodontic treatment is carried out at the proper time, treatment is often less costly, than the dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop years later. Orthodontic fees have not increased as quickly as many other consumer products. Financing is available, and our office offers several payment programs that will meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include some orthodontic benefits. Our Treatment Coordinator will go over all of the financing options with you on your initial consultation and help you decide the most suitable payment method for your family.
Will It Hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces can make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. Any annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable, and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the highest quality braces and orthodontic materials in order to reduce not only any possible discomfort but also the overall treatment time.
What Are Phase I (Interceptive Treatment) & Phase II Treatments?
Phase I or interceptive treatment can start while the child has most of their baby teeth and a few of their permanent front incisors around age seven. The goal of Phase I treatment is to intercept a moderate or severe orthodontic problem early, and reduce and/or eliminate it. Problems include; skeletal dysplasia, crossbite, and crowding. Phase I treatment uses the early growth spurt and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a manageable one. It also reduces the need for extractions or surgery and delivers better long-term results. Most Phase I patients require a short Phase II treatment.
Phase II usually occurs a number of years later, after most of the permanent teeth have erupted. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal occlusion and esthetics of all of the permanent teeth.
What Is Full (Or Comprehensive) Orthodontic Treatment?
This is another name for orthodontic treatment in the permanent dentition at any age. Itcommonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
Does Everyone Need A Phase I Treatment?
Absolutely not! Only certain bites require early intervention. All others can wait until most if not all their permanent teeth erupt.
Can I Wait On Phase I Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment Until My Child Is Older?
This is not recommended. If your child needs Phase I treatment, this usually means that he/she has a difficult problem that requires attention now. If no orthodontic action is taken, treatment options become limited, more difficult, and the long-term stability may be compromised. In addition, not doing phase I may lead to extractions, oral surgery, and increased costs.
What Is The Length /Duration Of Orthodontic Treatment?
Braces may be on for between six and 24 months, depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation, and the degree of movement possible. Dr. Claudia generally finishes most of her treatments in 1-2 years. Her treatment times are less than most orthodontists due to her treatment modality.
What Are Extraction And Non-Extraction Therapy?
Extraction therapy is a technique where some teeth are removed to make room for the other teeth in your mouth. This is in contrast to non-extraction therapy where one makes room i.e. by expansion of the jaw or in some instances re-shaping of some of the teeth.
What Are Lingual Braces?
Lingual braces are mounted behind a patient’s teeth. Lingual braces are rarely used because they are more uncomfortable than standard braces. Orthodontic treatment takes twice as long and is more costly. In addition, some people have trouble talking with lingual braces. Presently, lingual braces are only used in special clinical cases.
Will I Pay Extra For Clear (tooth colored) Braces?
Yes, the cost for these braces is a minor fraction of the cost of orthodontic treatment. For the people that want to be more discrete, clear ceramic braces are the least visible braces currently available. Dr. Claudia has the most esthetically clear braces available because they blend with all teeth colors and are barely visible from 6 feet away.
Can You Be Too Old For Braces?
No, age is not a factor. Only the health of your gums and the bone that support your teeth is important. About 40 percent of our orthodontic patients are adults, and that number is constantly growing. Dr. Claudia has had extraordinary success and experience with demanding adult cases. Her office caters well to adults because of individual treatment rooms which are more private for her patients.
Can I Still Have Braces If I Have Missing Teeth ?
Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, aesthetic, or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth. In some cases we may decide to close the space where teeth are missing.