Possible Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
- A more attractive smile
- Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
- Better function of the teeth
- Possible increase in self-confidence
- Increased ability to clean the teeth
- Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
- Better long term health of teeth and gums
- Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions
- Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
- Aid in optimizing other dental treatment
Early Treatment or Phase I Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that by age 7, children should have their first orthodontic examination. Early treatment, when indicated, can often prevent skeletal discrepancies and asymmetries. Early orthodontic exams enable us to correct crossbites and alleviate crowding for the eruption of the permanent teeth. We are also able to reduce the severity of skeletal discrepancies while the bone is still soft, allowing for proper functioning and later positioning of teeth.
Phase II Treatment
Phase II treatment is the follow-up to Phase I. It commences after the rest period from Phase I treatment. It starts when the permanent teeth have erupted into place. It typically consists of full upper and lower braces to fully align all of the permanent teeth.
This is for children with all of their permanent teeth and for adults. It usually includes full upper and lower braces. It combines all treatment needs into one treatment plan at a more mature age.
Working in Concert with other Specialists
Dr. Fenderson regularly works with dentists and dental specialists to coordinate a variety of treatments, from moving teeth to create the ideal space for implants, veneers and bonding to aligning teeth and correcting the bite position for full-mouth reconstruction. Orthodontics straightens teeth so that the patient can clean their teeth better. Clean teeth reduce infection and rejection in bone and tissue grafts, leading to a higher success rate. Orthodontics also prepares the patient for jaw surgery.