Orthodontics for Kids & Teens

 

Erin's Story

ERIN

SUMMARY:

Erin came to Dream Smile Dental after completing expansion treatment at another office. After taking a cephalometric x-ray, it was determined that Erin's airway was only 2.8mm wide, 1/3 the size of the norm (11-12mm wide). The x-ray analysis report stated that Erin's airway was "extremely restricted". At that point it was determined that Erin needed a different kind of expansion treatment and Dr. Ronkin ordered an expander.

After 6 months of expansion, braces were placed and Erin was in them for 2 years. As her arches became more round and Erin's upper to lower jaw relationship became more in equilibrium, her facial features became more evenly developed. Her jaw did not look pushed back anymore and her airway had expanded to 10mm after just 1 year of treatment. Once the braces were off, two veneers were done on each side to even out the length of Erin's teeth.

 


The Goal: Proper Physical Development

PROPER PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Whether using regular braces or Invisalign, Dream Smile Dental focuses on proper physical development of your child when doing orthodontic treatment. Practicing by a concept known as neuromuscular dentistry, we plan treatment to ensure that the relationship between the upper and lower jaws will be ideal. This is a tremendous factor in your child's future health.

The Invisalign Teen™ system straightens your teeth with a series of custom-made clear aligners, which are comfortable and practically invisible. It was developed with leading orthodontists. And it works - nearly one million patients worldwide have made Invisalign their clear choice.

 

Neuromuscular Orthodontics is a more progressive treatment than traditional braces. As opposed to only focusing on a straight dental arch (straight teeth), NM orthodontics also focuses on the relationship between the upper and lower jaws in order to establish the correct and healthy bite. This leads to proper future development of your child.

PROPER PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

The goal is to minimize airway obstruction that is naturally caused by the lower jaw being in an incorrect position. Utilizing computerized jaw tracking, we are able to find the optimal position of the lower jaw and non-invasively move teeth to this position for proper jaw alignment. Once the jaw is in alignment, the rest of the skeletal system reaches equilibrium. This decreases future postural problems that are extremely common.

THE Result: A Healthy Heart

A HEALTHY HEART

This ideal bite also decreases the chances of non symmetric facial features caused by imperfect jaw alignment. The ideal bite also prevents mouth breathing and narrowing of the airway which can lead to sleep apnea and heart disease. Examples of this can be seen in the image of the young girl above.

Taking factors into account such as the airway, proper jaw alignment, posture, facial muscle activity and the teeth position, we are able to help avoid these future problems that often arise from an improper bite sometimes caused by incorrect treatment or non-treatment.

 

THE Benefit: A Pain Free Life

Additionally, there will be a significantly smaller chance for unexpected surgery or the development of TMJ disorder which millions of Americans suffer from but don't actually know that the discomfort they experience comes from a mis-aligned bite. Symptoms of TMJ disorder include

 

  • Clenching or Grinding
  • Facial Pain
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Nervousness or Insomnia
  • Chewing Difficulties
  • Neck Pain
  • Postural Problems
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Hot & Cold sensitivity of teeth
  • Headaches
  • Jaw Joint Pain
  • Jaw Joint noise or clicking
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Ear Congestion
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loose teeth

 

Orthodontic Treatment Methods

Invisalign Teen™

The Invisalign Teen™ system straightens your teeth with a series of custom-made clear aligners, which are comfortable and practically invisible. It was developed with leading orthodontists. And it works - nearly one million patients worldwide have made Invisalign their clear choice.

INVISALIGN TEEN™

ALF Wire

ALF stands for Advanced Lightwire Functionals. It is a method to align the jaws & teeth and improve the bite without braces (orthodontic treatment).

The STRENGTHS of ALF are

  • cosmetics - barely visible from the outside
  • gentle - far less discomfort than with braces
  • stable - no need for life-long retention
ALF WIRE

Traditional Braces

At Dream Smile Dental we have various options for traditional braces. You can choose between ceramic, tooth colored brackets, or metal brackets with an assortment of elastic colors.

Traditional Braces

Expander

In order to ensure a functional and optimal relationship between the upper and lower teeth, an expander may be used prior to tooth alignment. Expanders are used to widen the arch so that every tooth has a comfortable space in the mouth. We believe that teeth should not be extracted prior to orthodontic treatment in 99% of the cases.

EXPANDER