There are basically two types of problems that concern an Orthodontic Specialist. The first deals with the position of the teeth. This can include crowded teeth, rotated teeth, or spaced teeth. The second type of problem involves the position of the jawbone. These are the types of problems that can lead to large overbites, cross bites, facial asymmetries, or long open faces. These are the most difficult problems to correct because they require movement not only of the teeth, but also of the underlying bone structure. Often times, by starting the treatment early enough in the child's development, the Orthodontist can realign the jawbones and establish a new position of the teeth and facial features, such as the chin and lips. This preliminary phase is often referred to as "Phase One". It is often performed in the early years of a child's development and can last several years.
There are times when the "Phase One" treatment will be all that is necessary to correct the problem in the developing child. More often than not, the child will still need some type of conventional brace placement to fine tune and detail the bite. This part of Orthodontic Treatment is referred to as "Phase Two".
"Phase Two" of the Orthodontic Treatment Plan is the part that almost everyone is familiar with. It involves the placement of actual braces on the adult teeth so that they can be moved into the proper alignment. While the objectives of "Phase One" is to broadly align jaws and bring the abnormal bite back into proper development, "Phase Two" treatments are performed when growth and development has stopped. The objective in "Phase Two" is to completely align the bite and restore proper function and esthetics to the adult teeth.
Orthodontic Technology, over the past few years, has progressed to the point where there are several new systems available, especially for our adult patients. Braces today are much more esthetic than the traditional silver, metal braces. The most popular are the silver, gold, a combination of the two or clear braces.
The latest technique available to move teeth and still be esthetic is the "Invisalign" system. While this method is available for a very select group of patients, it is another method available to move teeth while being conscious of your appearance.
Orthodontic treatment may be required in cases such as crowded or misplaced teeth, protrusion (overjet), deep bite (overbite), early or late loss of teeth, thumb and finger sucking, speech difficulty, difficulty in chewing or biting, grinding or clenching of teeth, jaws that shift or make sounds, and missing teeth, to name a few. Dr. Sahlaney and his friendly staff will help you understand what your needs are.
When braces are placed initially, it is not unusual to experience several days of mild discomfort. Most discomfort will be relieved by an over the counter analgesic. As the treatment continues, there may be some mild discomforts after an orthodontic adjustment.
We will continue to see you in our office for one year after the braces are removed. We would be happy to see you at any time after your treatment period, for a nominal fee.