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Orthodontics

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Orthodontic for Children

Orthodontic for Children

Although orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for patients of all ages, it is most successful during the adolescent growth spurt, between the ages of 8-14 years old. Timing orthodontic treatment is critical in order to ensure your child has a stable, healthy treatment result.

Since every patient is unique, orthodontic specialists are trained to identify the proper time to begin orthodontic treatment. Readiness to begin orthodontic treatment relies more on dental development than chronological age, so it is best to seek the opinion of an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7 to determine the right time to initiate orthodontic treatment.

When Should Children First See the Orthodontist?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should be evaluated by an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. It is at this age that your child’s first set of molars have erupted, giving the orthodontist evidence of how their teeth are growing..

Although very few patients are in need of orthodontic intervention at this age, there are still conditions that your orthodontist can diagnose and make recommendations to simplify future treatment.

Types of Braces for Children

The most popular choice for children are the mini-silver braces. The rubber bands that hold the wire to the bracket come in 24 different colors, and can be changed at each adjustment visit. Patients enjoy creating their own customized color schemes with their braces, which makes their orthodontic experience fun and personal.

Braces Types

Getting Braces isn’t what it used to be. Today’s options range from colourfully cool, to nearly invisible

  • Stainless steel low profile braces
  • Adhesive coated braces
  • Self ligating bracket system (Stainless steel & ceramic)
  • Ceramic braces (Mental reinforced/ceramic slot)
  • Incognito lingual braces
  • Invisalign clear aligners
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Orthodontic for Adults

Orthodontic for Adults

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids anymore! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in every five orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. This is no doubt a reflection of heightened public awareness of how straight teeth not only look better, but are also easier to clean, thus preventing more serious gum disease and tooth decay. Recent advancements in orthodontic technology have introduced products such as clear ceramic brackets and Invisalign® to aesthetically satisfy the adult orthodontic patient.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are the most popular choice among the adult orthodontic patient population. Their function is identical to that of traditional mini-silver bracket, but since they are made of ceramic material, they are almost invisible on the teeth. Recent advancements in the materials used to fabricate ceramic braces have made these brackets stain resistant and very comfortable for the adult orthodontic patient.

Lingual Braces

For adults who want to have the least noticeable braces possible, they can choose lingual braces. Lingual braces fit on the insides (the back) of the teeth instead of the front. They cannot be worn by every patient needing braces, because some teeth are too small or irregularly shaped to fit the metal on the back of the teeth. However, they are ideal for athletes, celebrities, models and anyone who doesn’t want others knowing about their teeth, but still want to improve their teeth and their smile.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a popular option amongst adult patients. With the Invisalign® system, patients are required to wear a series of clear aligners over a period of time to achieve correction. Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign® , so it is extremely important to be evaluated by an orthodontic specialist to determine whether or not Invisalign® is the best option for you.

Dr. Praveen at Pravenns Orthodontics is committed to providing quality dental care to the Peoria community. If you would like a consultation, call us at 040 23056789.

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

If you are in need of orthodontics, it may not just be with braces to correct your teeth, but in jaw issues. Many people seeking help from their orthodontist have different problems with their jaw, whether it is from problems with talking, chewing or even breathing. The facial appearance and lines of the jaw may also be affected. This is where the benefit of surgical orthodontics comes in, as it can correct a variety of problems that traditional orthodontic treatment, like braces, can’t.

What is Surgical Orthodontics?

The primary function of surgical orthodontics is to straighten the jaw. While braces are often used to straighten the teeth, additionally surgery will also need to be used in combination with the braces, in order to straighten the jaw. This is also done to help with straightening the teeth, as they can be moved to their proper position after the jaw surgery is complete.

Surgical orthodontics first involves x-rays being performed on the patient in order to determine what type of problem they are dealing with. Then, the teeth in the jawbone are aligned properly, which can take up to a year. After this, the jaw is then straightened by using the surgical orthodontic procedure. The different procedures included in surgical orthodontic include surgical-assisted rapid palatal expansion, corticotomy, orthognathic surgery and orthodontic implants and bone plates.

Who is in Need of Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is not done on children or adolescents still growing, as their jaw may continue growing as well. It is ideal for any non-growing patients, which is typically girls 16 and older, and boys 18 and older. The jaw growth must be complete before surgery can be considered. However, the pre-surgery teeth movement through braces can start 1-2 years before getting surgical orthodontics performed.

How Surgical Orthodontics Works

Surgical orthodontics is done either on individuals who have not had braces and notice that their jaw is crooked, affecting their appearance, bite and smile, or with patients who have gotten braces but their jaw is causing them problems. It is done in a hospital setting and performed by an oral surgeon. The surgery itself may take several hours to complete, though this depends which procedure was performed. If the patient is getting surgery on their lower jaw, their jawbone will be separated behind their teeth in order to move the jaw backward or forward. With upper jaw surgery, the jaw is positioned backward or forward, lowered or raised, or any combination of these movements. Bone in the jaw may also need to be removed or added for better support and movement. The recovery time takes about 4-8 weeks in total, though you can usually return to work or school after two weeks.

If you are not happy with your jaw, whether because you can’t breathe and it is uncomfortable, or you simply don’t like the appearance of your face, speak to your orthodontist about possible surgical orthodontics. It is not only going to improve how you feel about yourself, but improves chewing and function.

Braces Care

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Traditional Stainless Steel Braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the first thing most people think about are the traditional metal braces. They are the oldest type of braces and still continue being the most effective and the most affordable. Dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment usually only covers the traditional stainless steel braces, making them the most common type for adolescents, teens and adults to get. If you are considering braces and thinking about the traditional metal braces, here is some more information to help you make your decision.

About Traditional Braces

Traditional stainless steel braces are made up of brackets and wires. The brackets are made of metal or stainless steel and are square shaped. These fit over the teeth needing to be straightened. There are also wires or ties in between each of the brackets, which are acting as an anchor to gently pull the teeth to their designated area. Patients with braces continue visiting their orthodontist regularly to have these wires tightened and further encourage movement of the teeth.

How They Work

The brackets of traditional braces are bonded to the teeth, where they remain until treatment is complete. For most patients, braces are worn 2-3 years, but sometimes as little as one year or as long as four years. The braces always put some type of pressure on the teeth so that eventually they move into a new position. Some patients may need to wear headgear at night as well, especially those with more severe bite or jaw issues.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

There are many types of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign® . Traditional stainless steel braces are the most common type of braces due to their effectiveness and lower cost. Not only does insurance usually cover part or all of the braces, but they are less expensive than all other varieties. They are also effective with every level of orthodontic problem, including severe overbites or overcrowding. Other types of braces won’t be as helpful with these more advanced issues.

Retention Protocol

Retention Protocol

Benefits of Traditional Braces

The retainer is an appliance (either fixed or removable) used to maintain the correction of the teeth achieved through orthodontic treatment. There are many different designs or types of retainers, and Dr. Bowdoin will choose the type that is best for your particular case. Once finished with braces, you will remain an active patient in our practice for an additional 18-24 months so we can evaluate the teeth and make sure the retainers are being worn and are fitting properly.

Wearing the Retainer

It is absolutely necessary to wear the retainers as instructed by Dr. Bowdoin in order to prevent relapse (or shifting of the teeth). Bone healing from tooth movement takes about one year to occur. Retainers are typically worn full time for a few months and then at night for a lifetime if you want the teeth to remain in the corrected position. Lisping and excess saliva are normal when first wearing your retainers, but you will adjust to your new retainers quickly.

If you break or lose your retainer, please call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Broken retainers can sometimes be repaired, so be sure to bring it with you to the appointment. If it cannot be repaired or if it is lost, a new retainer will be made at an additional charge.

Orthodantic FAQ’s

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What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental professional with 2-3 years of specialized training beyond dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth. The Orthodontic specialist is concerned with the diagnosis, and the guidance of corrective treatment for malocclusions (Latin for “bad bite”).

Orthodontics for Children

Although orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for patients of all ages, it is most successful during the adolescent growth spurt, between the ages of 8-14 years old. Timing orthodontic treatment is critical in order to ensure your child has a stable, healthy treatment result.

Since every patient is unique, orthodontic specialists are trained to identify the proper time to begin orthodontic treatment. Readiness to begin orthodontic treatment relies more on dental development than chronological age, so it is best to seek the opinion of an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7 to determine the right time to initiate orthodontic treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® is, by far, the most popular option for the adult orthodontic patient. Invisalign® utilizes modern technology to create plastic aligners worn over the top and bottom teeth. Invisalign® is a self-managed program, so results of treatment are largely dependent on patient compliance. Dr. Choi will discuss with you at your initial consultation whether or not Invisalign® is the best treatment option for you.

What are the Primary Benefits of Invisalign?

  • Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
  • Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time inthe doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment iscomplete.

Types of Appliances

There are various types of removable dental appliances that support the treatment of crooked teeth or misaligned jaws. A few of the more common appliances are listed below:

  • Expanders
  • Herbst Appliance
  • Mouth Guards
  • Habit Appliance

Traditional Stainless Steel Braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the first thing most people think about are the traditional metal braces. They are the oldest type of braces and still continue being the most effective and the most affordable. Dental insurance that covers orthodontic treatment usually only covers the traditional stainless steel braces, making them the most common type for adolescents, teens and adults to get. If you are considering braces and thinking about the traditional metal braces, here is some more information to help you make your decision.

About Traditional Braces

Traditional stainless steel braces are made up of brackets and wires. The brackets are made of metal or stainless steel and are square shaped. These fit over the teeth needing to be straightened. There are also wires or ties in between each of the brackets, which are acting as an anchor to gently pull the teeth to their designated area.

How They Work

The brackets of traditional braces are bonded to the teeth, where they remain until treatment is complete. For most patients, braces are worn 2-3 years, but sometimes as little as one year or as long as four years. The braces always put some type of pressure on the teeth so that eventually they move into a new position.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

There are many types of orthodontic treatments, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign® . Traditional stainless steel braces are the most common type of braces due to their effectiveness and lower cost. Not only does insurance usually cover part or all of the braces, but they are less expensive than all other varieties. They are also effective with every level of orthodontic problem, including severe overbites or overcrowding. Other types of braces won’t be as helpful with these more advanced issues.

Emergency Dental Care

Orthodontic emergencies are not common, and most situations causing discomfort can be easily remedied at home. Dr. Praveen is always available for any emergency situations you may encounter during orthodontic treatment. If you experience an accident or trauma, please call 911 and seek immediate medical care.

One-Phase Versus Two-Phase Treatment

Many parents have questions and concerns as to whether or not their child is truly in need of two phases of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Choi practices an extremely conservative approach to two-phase orthodontic treatment. After a thorough examination and diagnosis, he will discuss with you whether or not your child would benefit from two-phase orthodontic treatment, or if it would be best to wait until all of the permanent teeth have erupted before initiating treatment.

Dr. Praveen at Praveen Orthodontics is committed to providing quality dental care to the Peoria community. If you would like a consultation, call us at 040-23056789.