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Early Orthodontic Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist by the age of seven. The purpose of an early visit is to evaluate whether changes in the child’s skeletal patterns are needed. If changes are needed, plans can be made to begin treatment at the ideal time. There are several advantages to early treatment (a First Phase). If detected early, harmful habits can be corrected to avoid further, more extensive treatment. In addition, early treatment provides a variety of options that adolescent or adult treatment may be unable to offer. Dr. Arnold can assess your child’s orthodontic needs and recommend options for treatment. Typically a Second Phase in needed in the adolescent years.
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment to Include Children, Adolescents and Adults
Most people think that orthodontic treatment is just for children. The truth is, people of all ages —including adolescents and adults— receive orthodontic care for healthier teeth and gums, improvedchewing from properly aligned teeth, and increased confidence from esthetically pleasing teeth.
Orthodontic Treatment of Dental Facial Abnormalities including treatment of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. For treatment of cleft lip and cleft palate, an alliance is formed between our office and a highly skilled oral surgeon. Cleft lip is harmless, but it can bedisfiguring; in this situation, the cleft can be closed by surgery a few weeks after birth. Unlike cleft lip,which is merely unsightly, a cleft palate can cause eating and swallowing difficulties. Fabrication of an appliance in our office can gently and steadily press the divided parts of the palate together. For more severe cases, surgery may be required. The goal of two-phase treatment is create the ideal, healthy, attractive smile that will last a lifetime.
Pre-Prosthetic Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic care is often needed before crowns and bridges can be placed. Dr. Arnold works with your general dentist to follow a specified treatment plan to stabilize the teeth in the arch and, at the same time, reserve a space for the replacement teeth.
Radiance Brackets
Esthetics is important to anyone who needs orthodontic treatment. Radiance brackets are clear and colorless brackets that are an option. Conventional ceramic or stainless steel brackets are also available. Dr. Arnold will assist you in choosing the brackets that will best meet your needs.