What is Orthodontics?
When describing orthodontics, most people just refer to braces. While the majority of orthodontic cases involve braces, there are alternatives that may be used for younger children or adults. Arch expanders for younger children can minimize or eliminate the need for braces when the problem is treated early enough. Invisible, clear plastic retainers, instead of braces, can be used by adults for mild to moderate crowding problems.
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What are the Benefits of Ortho?
What is an Orthodontic Evaluation?
Orthodontic treatment with braces begins with an evaluation appointment. Dr. Fallin will first visually determine if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, or if another treatment would be more appropriate. If you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, Dr. Fallin will take impressions of your teeth, special x-rays of your jaw joint, head and teeth, and very important measurements of your teeth and mouth.
Next is a consulting appointment to discuss the treatment plan. The treatment plan is based on the records taken at the evaluation. The consult includes:
When should My Child be Evaluated?
If your child develops an "open
bite", or you are otherwise concerned about the development
of your child's teeth, no matter what the age, contact us right
away for a consult with Dr. Fallin.
Otherwise, children should be evaluated by the age of 6 for orthodontic
treatment. In the past, a child was 11 or 12 before brackets were
actually placed on the teeth to straighten them. This may still
hold true in most cases, but there are new techniques that can correct
problems early, while a child is still growing. This may eliminate
the need for braces in the future, or if the child does still need
braces, the treatment will be less complicated, usually shortening
the period of time in braces.
What is an Arch Expander?
An Arch Expander is one example of orthodontic treatment
available for younger patients. Many times an arch expander can
be used to create a proper alignment of the arches so permanent
teeth have room to erupt in a natural position. The use of an arch
expander will generally minimize or eliminate the need for braces
when the patient gets older.
What are Braces?
Braces are retainers, bonded brackets, arch wires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into a "normal" position for appearance, prevention and function. Patients with poorly aligned teeth tend to have much more tooth decay, gum disease and jaw joint problems. Recently invented brackets and new techniques make orthodontic treatment faster and more comfortable than ever.
How do Braces work?
Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.
Are Braces Only for Kids?
Adults are finding that having braces isn't kid stuff anymore. Many adults are turning to braces to correct problems with their bite. They recognize the benefits of reduced wear, reduced incidence of TMJ problems, and increased self-esteem. Major adjustments must be done with braces, but some adjustments can actually be done without braces!
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