Braces and Orthodontics at Milford Dental Care
Milford Dental Care offers custom orthodontic solutions for patients of all ages. Aligning your teeth has a huge impact on your appearance, but also offers numerous health benefits. Braces can help improve your facial structure as well as promote the long-term longevity of your teeth.
Aligning your teeth makes them easier to clean, decreasing your likelihood of gum disease and periodontitis. Positioning your bite correctly distributes the chewing forces of the mouth correctly, preventing contact teeth from being stressed and chipping or breaking. Improving the relationship of your jaws can also help prevent issues like TMJ Disorder.
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Seguin to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, Dr. Seguin will inspect your child’s teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in your child’s mouth. An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs.
The advanced Invisalign system uses removable plastic trays that are easy to care for and comfortable to wear. No one will ever have to know they’re there! Each set of aligners shifts your teeth slightly until Dr. Seguin determines the optimal position has been reached.
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than ones worn in the past, and they’re flatter and smaller. Dr. Seguin may recommend braces if you suffer from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
If Dr. Seguin concludes from your child’s orthodontic evaluation that treatment is necessary, we will complete it in a two-phase approach. Phase I is usually between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Dr. Seguin may recommend expansion, an active retainer or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws.
The timeline for Phase II intervention depends on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible. Phase II usually involves full upper and lower braces for your child and will not begin until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase II treatment generally lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Dr. Seguin will custom make it to fit your child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth, jawbones, muscles. Without a space maintainer, your child’s teeth can shift into the open space and more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed in the future.
Post Orthodontic Treatment
Caring for your smile after orthodontic treatment is a vital part of making sure your teeth don’t move after your orthodontic treatment. This is a critical follow-up stage that usually involves wearing a retainer. At Milford Dental Care, we offer several different types, all of which are custom-made to fit your smile.
At Milford Dental Care, you don’t have to travel for orthodontic treatment! We offer it all right here in the comfort of our home-like office. Call today to learn more about which orthodontic treatment is right for you or your child.
Check out our complete menu of general dentistry treatment to help keep your new smile after your braces come off.