The Orthodontic Process

Dr. Ania now offers digital impressions for orthodontics. Digital impressions have grown in popularity as a result of them being both a more accurate and more comfortable way of getting a dental impression.

Digital impressions offer increased patient comfort by eliminating the goop and gagging that comes with traditional impressions. The 3D digital model they create captures the contours of tooth and gingival structures in great detail, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan in just minutes.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining teeth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal aesthetic and functional results that will remain stable throughout your entire life.

Planning now can save your child time, money, and unnecessary pain later in life: receiving early treatment as a child may prevent the removal of permanent teeth as an adult, or the need for painful surgical procedures to realign the jaws.

Signs your child may need early orthodontic treatment

 – Early or late loss of baby teeth (children typically start losing teeth around age five, and should have all their permanent teeth by age 13)

 – Difficulty chewing

 – Your child continues to suck their thumb after age five

 – Speech impediments

 – Protruding teeth

 – Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes their mouth

 – Crowded front teeth

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows any of the above signs, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.

Resting Period

After Phase One early treatment, there will be a resting period before the start of Phase Two. During this break, a child’s remaining permanent teeth are left alone as they erupt.

Monitoring your progress: at the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not yet in their final positions. Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic appointments for observation are typically necessary, usually on a six-month basis.

Phase Two: Perfecting your smile

It’s Never Too Late: Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists cites that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment, but today there are many options for adults besides traditional metal braces, including ceramic, invisible, and lingual (behind the tooth) braces. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment later in life because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and want to feel better about their appearance.

Invisalign Braces