Orthodontics

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process and is most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

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Orthodontic Retainers

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 to continue 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 Crossroads Family Dental Care at 928-704-2580.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. A first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

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