Interceptive Orthodontics for Kids
At approximately age seven, your child should receive an orthodontic evaluation at his or her regular checkup. Identifying problems with bite relationship and crowding as they emerge can help dentists design a treatment plan to guide the growth of the jaw and teeth. This practice is referred to as interceptive orthodontics, or Phase I orthodontics. The specific treatment plan for your child could include expanders to reshape the upper and/or lower jaw, spacers along the dental arch, or, in some cases, extraction of strategically located primary teeth. Interceptive orthodontics sets the stage for shorter, more successful Phase II orthodontics (most often braces or a retainer).
PowerProx Six Month Braces for Teens and Adults
Although uneven, awkward-looking teeth might cause adults and teens some embarrassment, most of them are equally less-than-thrilled at the prospect of wearing conspicuous metal braces for a year or more. To help these patients, we offer PowerProx Six Month Braces. This system uses low force, nearly invisible memory wire, and inconspicuous brackets to gently straighten protruding, overlapping, and crowded teeth and address some bite issues in as little as six months. PowerProx patients don’t experience the same discomfort and sensitivity associated with traditional braces, and they don’t have to make as many return trips to the office for adjustments. Even better, the cost of PowerProx is considerably less than traditional, fixed orthodontics.