Early interceptive treatment, also called Phase I treatment, happens at the early stages of childhood, when your kid still has his/her baby teeth. At this stage, growth modification therapy can allow correction of severe crowding and jaw deformities.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur no later than 7 years of age.
At this age, first adult molars have erupted but many baby teeth are still present.
Your Orthodontist can evaluate the bite and determine if there is enough space for the larger adult teeth.
During early treatment, removable appliances such as palatal expanders, lip bumbers, bionators, headgears and face masks are used to create space in the jaws for tooth eruption and to modify growth.
ADVANTAGES OF EARLY TREATMENT
Creating room for crowded teeth and the erupting adult teeth
Reducing risks of trauma to protruding front teeth
Reducing the need for tooth extractions
Reducing treatment time with braces, or avoiding braces altogether
Once all permanent teeth erupt the orthodontist evaluates the need for Phase II treatment with braces.
The teenage years are a critical time in dental development. In this transition period from “baby” teeth to permanent “adult” teeth, crowding, spacing, misalignment, rotations or tooth impactions may occur. This is also a critical time for social development, and a great smile helps build confidence and self-esteem.
In teens, the most common appliance used to straighten their teeth are traditional metal braces, which can be personalized with colored elastics.
Depending on the case, teens can also have ceramic brackets or clear aligners to move teeth.
Although teeth can move at any age, adult treatment can be complicated by dental wear and fractures, tooth loss and/or bone loss, and gingival recession or exposed roots. For these reasons, adult treatment may require coordination between the orthodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, and family dentist to ensure complete rehabilitation of the bite.
TYPES OF BRACES
Metal braces are the most commonly used. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive.
Ceramic braces, which are made of translucent materials, are commonly used in adult patients. In cases where the bite and crowding are less severe, clear aligners can be used to gradually move teeth into their correct position.
One of the new advances in Orthodontics is mini-implants or temporary anchorage devices (TADs). These can help with difficult tooth movements such as closing large spaces which was impossible or very difficult to do in the past.
Orthodontic treatment does not end when the braces are removed. Retention is a very important part of the treatment specially in growing patients. A retainer, which can either be glued to the inside of your teeth or can be removable, is made of clear or pink plastic and is designed to hold your teeth into position.
Clear aligners are a very esthetic treatment option for patients that do not want to use braces but still correct their bite and improve their smile. They need to be used 20 to 22 hours a day.
Less impact on your daily routines
The aligners are easily removable, so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. Cleaning your aligners by simply brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.
You'll also remove the aligners each time you eat. This means you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires and brackets.
For those who are active in contact sports, clear aligners let you play without the worry of sharp brackets cutting your mouth. If your sport requires wearing a protective mouthguard, simply remove your aligners and you're good to go!
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Did you know?
CTOR, the Consortium for Translational Orthodontic Research, is the world's leading center in the field of orthodontic research. Our patented inventions have become the most effective, and safe methods of accelerating tooth movement.
These interventions include:
Micro-osteoperforations (MOPs): small indentations made to the bone supporting teeth under local anesthesia. These small perforations cause very little discomfort and are extremely effective in moving teeth fast.
Vibration therapy: the least invasive method of moving teeth. Only 5 minutes a day will help stimulate bone remodeling and accelerate tooth movement.