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Orthodontic treatment is about more than just looking good. Proper alignment affects periodontal issues, tooth decay, jaw issues and more.
An orthodontist specializes in treating those with malocclusion — a condition in which teeth aren’t positioned properly, resulting in an improper bite. We also treat and control the development of the jaws and help aesthetically improve your smile.
Early orthodontic treatment helps to ensure the permanent teeth of a child come out correctly. It helps in reducing the chances of teeth alignment problems, like crowded teeth, crooked teeth, or huge gaps between teeth. Early treatment, also known as Phase 1 of Orthodontic treatment, can start at the young age of 7 years when the permanent teeth have just started.
Braces for Kids and Teens
By age 7—that’s when the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit the orthodontist for the first time. At that point, your child still has lots of cute baby teeth. An early orthodontist visit–which is complimentary in our office–probably won’t lead to braces. But we can use technology to flag and correct emerging issues, such as crowding, crossbites and jaw problems. Timing is everything! If malocclusion is treated early, it’s less likely to develop into big problems that may require oral surgery by the time kids and teens are adults.
Braces for Adults
Good news: It’s never too late to benefit from orthodontic treatment and to achieve the winning smile you deserve. Don’t let an improper bite or a crooked smile hold you back! At Parkland Orthodontics, we have patients of all ages. Even better news: Orthodontic treatment isn’t what it was when you were growing up. The latest orthodontic care is more discreet, more comfortable, and takes less time to see results.
Parkland Orthodontics is one of the top dental clinics that specializes in different orthodontic treatments and dentofacial orthopedics. Even though people are somewhat aware of orthodontic treatments like braces, Invisalign, etc., most of them know very little about Dentofacial orthopedics. If you are wondering what this treatment is all about, then do not worry, as you are going to get all the information from Dr. Tania, an expert in the field.
Thumb sucking is a bad habit acquired by children, and it might get challenging for parents to break it. If not addressed on time, thumb sucking can lead to misaligned jaws and teeth. It is also not good for your child’s overall health. So if you notice that your child has started sucking their thumb, you should intervene and stop them immediately. It is essential when the child’s permanent teeth are erupting. The habit of sucking the thumb becomes very abundant at that time, and it can give rise to various dental problems, depending on the intensity of their thumb-sucking practices.
A palate expander is a device used to widen the upper jaw of a child over a period of several months. Our upper jaw develops as two distinct halves that fuse together after puberty, so palate expanders are typically only an option for children and adolescents. The palate expander is cemented, or otherwise attached, to molar teeth in the upper jaw, so it isn’t removed until after the jaw has been fully widened.
Retainers & Appliances
After wearing braces for months or even years, you’re probably looking forward to getting your braces off! That day signals your teeth have been moved to the proper place, your bite has been corrected and you can live braces-free. But achieving straight teeth is a process. The next phase: Wearing a custom-made retainer to keep everything in place. You’ll need one.
Invisalign technology uses a series of custom-made, clear and removable aligner trays to gradually shift teeth over time. Invisalign uses the right amount of pressure to perfect your smile. Whether teeth are crowded, too far apart or shifted after wearing braces earlier in life, Invisalign can fine-tune your smile without the discomfort of braces. Invisalign is suitable for adults and teens.
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