Braces and Orthodontics
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Welton to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, Dr. Welton will inspect your child’s teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in your child’s mouth to evaluate the need for correction with the help of braces.
An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs, including clear or metal braces. Dr. Sunnshine has significant experience evaluating children's growth and oral development and frequently implements interceptive orthodontic treatment plans for our youngest patients.
Dr. David has additional training in orthodontics and is deeply familiar with oral and facial anatomy.
Aligning your teeth makes them easier to clean, but it also has a huge impact on your appearance. Dr. Welton can help you straighten your teeth using clear braces and invisible aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires.
Clear, removable braces make it easier for you to keep your smile clean and avoid problems like tooth decay and gum disease. The advanced 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!
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, as they’re flatter and smaller. Dr. Welton may recommend braces if your child suffers from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
If Dr. Welton performs your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes 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. Welton 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.
Phase II occurs depending on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible to function properly. 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 usually lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
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 Woodland Family Dental, we offer several different types, all of which are custom-made to fit your smile.
Looking to get something fixed before braces? Our menu of restorative dentistry treatments will help you reach your goals.