Thomas & Associates : Orthodontics
Thomas & Associates provides orthodontics care and offers the most advanced teeth straightening technology.
What does orthodontics treatment do?
Orthodontics treats a dental problem known as malocclusion or, in simple English, “bad bite.”
There are several types of malocclusion, most of which are inherited. Some others are simply acquired as we grow up.
Typical malocclusion include:
- Extra or crowned teeth
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned jaw
- Some problems can start pretty early from early or late loss of baby teeth and thumb-sucking
- Accidents can be another cause
Children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from orthodontic care. Adult treatment can correct many problems, while improving both appearance and confidence.
When should children receive an orthodontic evaluation?
Children should receive an evaluation by age seven.
Adults, because their facial bones have stopped growing, may not benefit solely by braces. At times, other treatments are needed to work in concert with orthodontics. Although it varies based on each individual, typically, braces are in place for 24 months. Adult treatment may take a bit longer.
What should you expect at your appointment?
First, a pre-treatment record is made as a diagnostic tool.
This includes a medical/dental history, clinical exam and creating plaster study models of the patient’s teeth. Photos are also taken of the patient’s face and teeth along with X-rays of both the mouth and head. All this information is used in determining the best course of action.
Since everybody is unique, Dr. Thomas & Associates will develop a custom treatment plan for you. There are a variety of different orthodontic appliances available. Based on the treatment plan, the best appliance is selected and constructed.
After the appliance is in place, treatment moves to the “active” phase.
During this time, the appliance is periodically adjusted so the teeth are moved correctly. It’s very important that the patient works their part of the treatment plan by wearing rubber bands and making their recall appointments.
After the active phase, treatment moves into the “retention” phase.
This is simply a matter of wearing a retainer to insure the teeth stay in their new locations.
People are often concerned about “brace-face.” Rest assured, today’s braces are much less noticeable than those of days gone by. Brackets, that part of the brace that hold the wire, are bonded to the teeth. They can be metal, but there are also clear and tooth-colored options. Today’s wires are less noticeable, too. New materials allow for a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth. This results in a faster process and more comfort for the patient.
Although orthodontic treatment requires time, most people feel the benefits far outweigh the time invested in the overall treatment.
If you need braces and you live in the North Canton, Ohio or surrounding areas, contact Dr. Thomas & Associates.
Below are before and after examples of the orthodontic procedure: