Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a type of bracket and wire orthodontic treatment for straightening the front upper and lower teeth in approximately six months, although treatment times vary depending on individual misalignment problems. This type of treatment is sometimes referred to as "short-term orthodontics."Read more about Six Month Smiles
Growth Modification Treatment
Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process and is most effective during a child’s growth spurts.Read more about Growth Modification Treatment
Interceptive Orthodontics identifies children’s teeth that are coming in crooked or crowded, usually by the age of 7. This is the best time to begin to correct problems such as dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems. Early dental treatment can reduce the time and sometimes eliminate the need for braces later on.Read more about Interceptive Ortho
A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic or rubber, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and wasting thousands of dollars worth of orthodontic work! Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.
Wearing a retainer is especially important for children and teens, whose jaws are still developing. Dentists usually recommend wearing a retainer until your jaw stops growing, which is normally in the early 20s, but can sometimes be recommended for life. That may seem like a long time, but the longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances of maintaining a perfect smile!
For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact Reedy Branch Family Dentistry at 904-363-3559.
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. A first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.Read more about Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment