Quality orthodontic treatment means more than just putting braces on a patient, although we certainly do that, too! Each person who comes to ARCH Orthodontics in search of a perfect smile receives much more that that. We want to make sure we understand your expectations and goals; using SPIRE (Support, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect and Excellence) as our guide, we work with you to determine the proper course of treatment.
Many people begin their orthodontic journey when they seek treatment to correct “crooked teeth.” Naturally, a straight, beautiful smile is an attractive, healthful benefit, but the results are often even more special. There is little to compare with the loving smiles from Mom, Dad, and friends. A warm smile is the most convincing form of communication; your smile is a special gift that you, alone, can give. We help you make it the best gift possible! Patients report feeling more self-confident following treatment, leading to positive changes in their personal and professional lives.
When it comes to our younger patients, we recommend along with the American Association of Orthodontists to bring children to the orthodontist for an evaluation by the age of seven. By that age, the first permanent molars and incisors should have already begun erupting and should be visible inside the mouth. Issues like dental crossbites or crowding can be assessed at this point and should be treated appropriately before they become truly problematic.
The trained orthodontists of ARCH are highly-skilled in their speciality of Dentofacial Orthopedics. We guide and direct facial bone growth for proper harmony between the top and bottom jaws, this enables better tooth movement and alignment. This treatment is most effective at an early age, when the bones are responsive to gentle pressure. Because an ARCH orthodontist helps guide growth of a child’s jaws, the best foundation for the incoming permanent teeth is created. This helps to achieve the correct space for permanent teeth, potentially avoiding the need to extract permanent teeth in the future. Early orthodontic checkups can also address airway issues and poor or abnormal facial development, leading to impaired respiration, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea issues. Dentofacial orthopedics can help control and correct possible breathing/respiratory issues along with reducing the likelihood of impacted teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and address abnormal swallowing or speech problems.
Corrective dentofacial treatment often involves expanders and other advanced appliances designed to achieve balance in facial bones and jaw structure. A future second phase of treatment involving braces may also be needed to perfect contacts or movements between teeth. Learn more about Two-Phase Treatment.
While orthodontic treatment at an early age can be beneficial for children and teenagers, we also see a large number of adult patients. In fact, approximately one out of every five people receiving orthodontic care is over the age of 21. Orthodontics are an extremely successful option for mature patients. Everyone, at any age, deserves the benefits of a beautiful smile.
Dentofacial orthopedics can also be effective in treating adult smiles too, despite having a fully-formed jaw. The treatment can involve many options to resolve your particular chief complaint. Our talented team will address your individual case and needs to determine what procedure will work best. We can address malocclusion (having a bad bite) along with crowded, unevenly spaced, or ill-fitting teeth. All of these issues can lead to oral abnormalities and even pain in the jaw joints.