Orthodotics in Huntington, IN
- Adults—Never too old
- Children—When to start
- Crown Exposure
- Importance of Baby Teeth
- Myofunctional Therapy (MT)
- Thumb Sucking-Pacifiers
- Traditional Braces
The oldest patient Dr. Regan has treated with full mouth braces was over 70 years old.
Children—When to start
The American Dental Association and the American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommend the first “well baby” visit to a dentist when the first teeth erupt. Prolonged or incorrect pacifier use, finger/thumb sucking or bottle use can have a profound adverse effect on dental/facial development. Dr. Regan will cover the preventative care needed for straight, healthy oral development. Actual orthodontic treatment may start as young as 4 or 5 years of age in certain situations.
Crown exposure is a procedure we use to expose impacted teeth, or teeth that are stuck in the surrounding tissue and bone. The most commonly impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth and the canine teeth. While the wisdom teeth are often unnecessary and can, therefore, be removed, the canine teeth are crucial for function, making extraction a bad idea.
Exposing the canines is a necessary procedure. During your appointment, Dr. Regan will create a small hole in the gum to allow the tooth to erupt. Then, using a dental brace, the tooth will be guided into the correct position.
We invite you to contact our office to learn more about your treatment options.
Importance of Baby Teeth
A common misconception is that baby teeth are “not important;” however, the opposite is true! Baby teeth function as natural space maintainers or space holders for when the permanent teeth begin to come in as the child grows. Premature loss of a baby tooth can cause major problems for “adult” teeth that are yet to come in. Baby teeth also serve as a great time to develop good oral hygiene habits that should continue into adulthood. The same practices that keep baby teeth healthy are important until you turn 100 years old.
Invisalign or ClearCorrect is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. Our office uses ClearCorrect Aligners. They are similar to Invisalign aligners, but at reduced advertising cost, which is passed on to you. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes, is the new part. The computer costs involved usually make this means of moving the teeth longer, less exacting and more costly. Strict patient compliance 24/7 is required!!!
Aligners are recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear plus they are easier to keep clean than metal braces. To find out if you are a candidate for aligners we invite you to call our office soon to schedule your FREE ClearCorrect consultation with Dr. Regan.
Myofunctional Therapy (MT)
Myo means muscle and MT is a regimen designed to correct abnormal swallowing and muscle patterns around the mouth. These problems are frequently caused by prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use. The result is crooked teeth, facial imbalance and speech problems.
Sucking is a natural reflex. However, in some cases a child’s sucking habits can cause problems with tooth alignment, improper swallowing and the proper growth of the mouth. Pacifiers should not be used after age two and finger or thumb sucking should end by age four. Thumb sucking should be discontinued before age four if an open bite is occuring. Regular six month dental visits are very important at this age to evaluate the growth and development of the childs face.
Traditional braces have been around for many years. They are the standard among patients looking to straighten their smile. Today’s contemporary braces are made of exceptionally strong metals and many patients enjoy sprucing them up with colored elastics. Traditional braces offer the most control over tooth movement and, therefore, are usually the fastest, best and most cost effective orthodontic treatment. Give us a call today so we can discuss in more detail about getting you that perfect smile!