A meeting with your Orthodontist and our staff. We generally take photos and any necessary x-rays to allow for a thorough diagnosis. Your Health History will be reviewed prior to a detailed examination. If orthodontics is recommended, treatment will be discussed and a written estimate will be given.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is an alternative to a single phase treatment with full braces, which normally comes once the eruption of all permanent teeth has occurred. Although interceptive orthodontic treatment does not eliminate the need for full braces during adolescence, its advantages include the following:
Reduces the need for extraction of permanent teeth through the guidance of tooth eruption in moderately crowded situations.
Reduces the need to compensate for jaw differences by tooth movement alone
Maximizes the opportunity to utilize growth for severe jaw discrepancies
Reduces the potential of injury to protrusive front teeth
Enhanced self-image resulting from facial and dental improvements
The ultimate success of interceptive treatment depends on two key elements: growth and cooperation.
A procedure to measure how well your teeth come together. You bite into a softened sheet of wax and leave bite marks in the wax. This helps your Orthodontist relate the upper and lower models of your teeth together to match your bite.