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
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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, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and they help maintain the corrective effect of your braces. 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. Regardless of age, dentists usually recommend continuing wearing the retainer in order to maintain the beautiful smile you have worked so hard to get!
For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact Fort Smith Smiles at 479-452-7454.
Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment
Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. The first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. The second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.Read more about Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment