It is often difficult for a parent to determine if treatment is indicated. There may be serious orthodontic problems even if your child’s front teeth appear straight. Sometimes, issues that may seem intense are easily treated by our Clifton dentistry team. Your son or daughter’s first exam takes just a few minutes and is complimentary.
Early treatment from an orthodontist can prevent serious problems from occurring, and obtain results unachievable after a child’s jaws and face has finished developing. Early orthodontic care at NJ Perfect Smile can help:
Generally not, the jaws grow in the back to allow for eruption of the 12-year molars and wisdom teeth, but not in the front. In most children, the amount of available space DECREASES as the permanent teeth erupt. Either in children or adults, untreated orthodontic problems usually become worse. Orthodontic treatment is often less expensive than the additional dental care needed to treat serious problems that often develop later in life.
When it comes to braces, age is not a determining factor. Any adult with a healthy bone structure and healthy gums is a viable candidate for braces. We’re proud to say over 20% of our orthodontic patients are adults!
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a day or 2 after they are placed or adjusted, but it is not "painful". Today's braces are smaller and more comfortable. High tech wires move the teeth more efficiently and with less discomfort.
Yes. When teeth are missing adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This often causes functional, aesthetic or periodontal problems. Orthodontic treatment can close the space or provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
Malocclusion literally means "bad bite"
Also known as the planning stage, stage 1 treatment helps to prevent issues that may occur in the future. Until age 7, an orthodontist can have more control over where permanent teeth develop in the mouth. After age 7, a child’s mouth is developed and may require Phase 2 treatment. Phase 2 treatment is more invasive and may require longer treatment time.
This is another name for orthodontic treatment in the permanent dentition at any age. It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
Absolutely not! Only certain bites require early intervention. All others can wait until most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted.
Failure to provide appropriate Phase I treatment at the correct time can limit later treatment options, compromise stability of the result, and necessitate extractions or surgery.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 months to 30 months depending on the age of the patient, severity of the problem, and the level of patient cooperation.
Selected permanent teeth are removed in extraction therapy to make room for crowded teeth, to correct bite relationships, or to change the facial profile. non-extraction therapy does not require the removal of permanent teeth. The doctors will discuss the "pro’s and con’s" of different treatment options at your New Patient Examination, and again at the Consultation Appointment.
In order to create a harmonious balance among the jaws, teeth and facial structure, this orthodontic treatment manipulates the jaw and corrects jaw imbalance and incorrect bite. Orthognathic surgery- or corrective jaw surgery improves swallowing, breathing, protruding jaw, appearance and a variety of other dental issues.
The word "orthognathic" was coined by an oral/maxillofacial surgeon and means "straight jaws," just as orthodontics means "straight teeth." Prior to that time, the term surgical orthodontics or "facial orthopedics" was used to describe this medical specialty.
If you’re affected by the following issues, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
The specific goal for orthognathic surgery will vary from patient to patient, depending on the actual diagnosis. In general, the team will address the following:
Corrective jaw surgery may take between 2 to 4 hours. Our team will be with you every step of the way to ensure the best, safest outcome possible.
Following corrective jaw surgery, you can resume light activities within 2 weeks. The dedicated team at Harmony Dental Arts will help monitor your healing process.