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December 14, 2012

How often do patients with braces need to be seen in the office?

At Dr. Frost’s office adolescent patients are usually seen every five weeks. Adult patients are usually seen every three to four weeks.  Patients with special circumstances might need to be seen more often. Examples of these type of patients may include those with impacted teeth, patients that need a lot of space closed or patients near the end of their treatment.



December 6, 2012

Do kids really need braces twice?  It is seemingly more common for orthodontists to perform two phase treatment—or the placement and removal of braces twice. Does this produce a better result?  Orthodontic research has shown that having braces twice  does not produce a better result than one comprehensive phase in the majority of patients. So who does need early orthodontic treatment?  Examples include children with functional problems such as an inability to eat properly, severe crowding or excessive overbites.  The problem and the reason for treatment should be obvious to the parents and the orthodontist should be able to explain the need for and benefit of the treatment. If you believe that your child has a special problem or need a second opinion please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Frost, a St. Louis orthodontist.



Welcome to the Frost Orthodontics blog! Over the coming weeks I plan to keep our patients informed and up to date with interesting information about orthodontics and our practice.  Topics will include information regarding when and why our patients seek treatment as well as (hopefully) interesting stories about our staff and patients. Next week: Do kids really need braces twice?


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