Gone are the days of routinely extracting teeth for the correction of orthodontic crowding. Today’s orthodontic treatment philosophies involve using arch development appliances to create space for crowded teeth. Yes, extracting permanent teeth is still sometimes necessary for certain cases, but it is definitely not the norm and only done when absolutely necessary. This treatment philosophy results in broad, beautiful smiles and very pleasing lateral profiles. In many instances, Dr. Crawford uses a two-phase treatment approach. Phase I is used between the ages of 5 and 12 to correct habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking. It also addresses constricted airways due to swollen adenoids or tonsils, mouth breathing or snoring problems, a bad bite relationship, and bone problems such as narrow or underdeveloped jaws. Phase II of treatment usually occurs between the ages of 12 and 14. This is when braces are used to straighten the teeth and accomplish and finalize bite positioning. This phase normally takes between 18 and 24 months. Not all children will need this two phase treatment approach, but for those who do, early diagnosis and treatment is most beneficial.
You are never too old to get braces and reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment. While many people think that braces are “just for kids”, our dentists have treated many adult patients with a wide range of orthodontic problems. We offer cosmetic braces as an option for our patients who want their braces to be as inconspicuous as possible. The brackets on the teeth are translucent and virtually blend in with the natural color of the tooth, and the wires are colored white as well…you really have to look closely to see them.
Since every patient is different, and everyone has specific orthodontic needs, we will customize your treatment plan to meet your needs and expectations. Call us today to schedule your no cost initial orthodontic evaluation.