Orthodontics

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process, and most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

As part of the growth modification process, growth modification appliances are used to correct the shape, position or width of the jawbone(s).

Because growth modification is at the center of orthodontic treatment, the younger the patient, the more ideal the treatment outcome. Early mixed dentition, which is marked by the emergence of the secondary teeth at the ages of 6 to 7, is considered the optimum age for most types of malocclusion.

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Orthodontic Retainers

Retainers are used to hold and maintain teeth in their new fixed positions following orthodontic treatment. Some pressure and soreness may be experienced for the first few days of wearing a retainer, but the discomfort soon fades.

What does a retainer do?

Once orthodontic treatment is complete, your bite will not be fully stabilized at first and the bone surrounding your teeth will not be fully organized. Because of this, the chances your teeth will revert to their original, improper position are high. Your teeth need time to stabilize into their new position.

A retainer will help teeth maintain their new adjusted positioning. Depending on the type of retainer used, some may be a removable appliance or a fixed wire bonded to the back of your front teeth.

How long must I wear a retainer?

Depending on the specifics your case, retainer use may be required each night as you sleep. In some cases, retainers may need to be worn during the daytime as well. The needed timeframe for retainer use may also vary depending on your specific case. Some people may need to wear a retainer for several years; some may not require that length of time. Some patients may need to wear a fixed or removable retainer the rest of their lives.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment combines both straightening and physical, facial change. This combination makes achieving ideal results for function, health and aesthetics possible.

Phase One

During the first phase, the goal is to help your jaw accommodate your secondary teeth, so that your upper and lower jaws fit correctly together. Often children show early signs of jaw issues as they develop. If these signs are recognized, they could be candidates for early orthodontic treatment. Early treatment can be very beneficial, and prevent the need for more extensive dental work or surgery later in life. When starting treatment, orthodontic records will be taken of your child to determine if early care is needed.

If phase one has succeeded, room for your child’s secondary teeth will be created. In this case, the secondary teeth are left alone as they erupt. When not enough space exists, secondary teeth can often become impacted or displaced. At the end of phase one, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be finalized in phase two.

Phase Two

The goal of the second phase is to make sure all teeth are correctly positioned to function optimally with other parts of the mouth. This phase usually involves full upper and lower braces. At this time, all secondary teeth have erupted, and typically require braces from an average of 24 months. After this period, retainers are worn.

Invisalign

This is a revolution in orthodontics, at your Oklahoma City dentist, Invisalign clear aligners provide an effective way to straighten your teeth while remaining virtually invisible. Wearing the comfortable, customized aligners will gradually shift your teeth into their correct position. Correcting teeth alignment is imperative, not just cosmetically, but for overall health. Invisalign offers the best of both worlds: comfortable, efficient straightening with an essentially invisible appearance.

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