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Frost Orthodontics- Case Study- Kevin (Surgical Orthodontics) before          Frost Orthodontics- Case Study- Kevin (Surgical Orthodontics) after

Kevin visited our office in November 2020 following an accident. He suffered trauma to the face, resulting in a fractured jaw and underbite. After examination, Dr. Andy Frost determined that Kevin should receive surgical orthodontics to align his teeth and reposition his jaw.

What is Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics combines traditional braces treatment with jaw realignment surgery to achieve a healthy, functional bite. Patients receive conventional braces for a specified period before jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) to shift the teeth into their proper positions. Then, a maxillofacial surgeon straightens and corrects the jaw.

Following surgery, patients receive orthodontic treatment again for a specified time to ensure the teeth and jaw fit properly. The treatment process requires a multidisciplinary approach whereby orthodontists and surgeons work together to correct a patient’s bite issues.

Who is a Good Candidate for Orthodontic Jaw Surgery?

Like Kevin, good candidates for orthodontic jaw surgery include those who wouldn’t benefit from braces alone. Additionally, surgical orthodontics only applies to adult patients with a fully developed bone structure. Whether an individual needs orthognathic surgery depends on various factors:

  • Injury to the jaw or face, like Kevin
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Protruding jaw
  • Receding lower jaw
  • And more.

Overall, patients receiving surgical orthodontic treatment have a jaw condition that causes difficulty when speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Visit your orthodontist if you have issues with your jaw and bite, as you may benefit from surgical orthodontics.

The Surgical Orthodontic Treatment Process

Kevin’s surgical orthodontic treatment lasted a year and nine months, although the length varies with each case. The process spans four stages: pre-surgical orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, recovery, and post-surgical orthodontics.

Pre-Surgical Orthodontics

When Kevin first visited our office, Dr. Frost examined his jaw and bite to determine the course of treatment. When he deemed surgical orthodontics appropriate, he consulted with a surgeon to define each specific step. Next, Dr. Frost took x-rays, measurements, and photographs of Kevin’s jaw and bite as a baseline.

After that, Kevin received traditional metal braces to move his teeth to an ideal position. Teeth must align before surgery so the jaw can fit and function properly. Throughout the pre-surgical orthodontics stage, Dr. Frost maintained contact with Kevin’s surgeon, keeping them updated on the alignment process.

Orthognathic Surgery

Once Kevin’s teeth were positioned favorably in his jaw, it was time for orthognathic surgery. The procedure typically occurs at a hospital or outpatient surgery center. During the surgery, the maxillofacial surgeon repositioned Kevin’s upper lower jaw to its intended place, slightly behind his upper. His teeth and jaw fit together nicely thanks to his pre-surgical orthodontic treatment.

Recovery

Following surgery, patients typically feel sore and often receive prescription pain medication. After a few days, many transition to over-the-counter pain medications. Recovery time differs depending on the case, but on average, patients feel better after a couple of weeks. Bruising typically reduces after a few days, and swelling will diminish after two to three weeks.

In most cases, surgeons create incisions along the folds of the mouth with sutures that disintegrate or fall out on their own after 10-14 days. Patients commonly experience slight soreness while talking, but doing so frequently strengthens the jaw muscles and speeds up the healing process. Throughout the recovery period, lasting roughly six to nine weeks, patients visit the oral surgeon often to ensure proper healing.

Post-Surgical Orthodontics

Once Kevin’s recovery period ended and his surgeon verified proper healing, he returned to our office for his final round of orthodontic treatment. Like the first stage, the second stage of braces treatment varies from person to person. However, the primary goal of post-surgical orthodontics is to make final bite and teeth straightening adjustments.

As a result, Kevin went from a fractured jaw, tooth misalignment, and an underbite to a healthy, functional smile. He now wears a retainer to maintain his new smile’s appearance.

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Orthodontic treatment is so much more than traditional metal braces. Treatment methods continue to improve and may involve multiple dental specialties, such as in Kevin’s case. Even if you aren’t a strong candidate for surgical orthodontics, Dr. Frost can create a customized treatment plan that grants you the smile you’ve always wanted!

Schedule an appointment with us today to improve your bite, smile, and confidence.



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Marcus, a 52-year-old male, first visited our office in May of 2019. He suffered from a bite problem his whole life, and wanted to improve his confidence through orthodontic treatment. During his initial consultation at our St. Louis orthodontic office, Dr. Frost examined his smile, taking special note of misalignment and bite issues. After the initial steps were taken, Dr. Frost recommended adult braces to correct Marcus’ smile.

What is Adult Underbite?

Underbite is a fairly common condition affecting millions of adults in the United States. Many avoid treatment because they are either wary of the cost or are unaware of their options. However, it can be affordably corrected through orthodontics, regardless of its severity.

Also known as “prognathism” in the dental profession, underbite is a type of misalignment where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. In the vast majority of cases, underbite is either present at birth due to genetics or develops during early childhood.

Adult Braces

Although braces are traditionally used to correct children’s teeth, adults can also benefit. Marcus was ready to move forward with a healthy smile. His treatment recommendation from Dr. Frost was based upon a formal examination of his teeth, which included X-rays and a 3D impression from our newly developed iTero Element Plus Mobile Scanner.

What Are Braces?

Braces are orthodontic devices that help correct problems in the teeth, such as overcrowding, bite issues, crooked teeth, and more. As patients wear them, their teeth slowly straighten and align, creating a healthy smile. Marcus received traditional braces, which are metal brackets attached to the front of the teeth with flexible wires that hold the brackets together. Rubber bands are then used to link each bracket to the wire.

Braces Treatment

The process of braces treatment can take several months to a few years, depending on the severity of a patient’s condition. In Marcus’ case, we were happily surprised that his mouth and bite were corrected after just 20 months!

Every situation is unique, but the procedure to receive braces remains the same from one patient to the next. The steps include:

  • The orthodontist inserts a device to keep the mouth dry and the tongue in place.
  • An etchant is applied to the front surfaces of the teeth to prepare them for bonding.
  • A special adhesive is used to hold the brackets in place.
  • The adhesive is hardened and the bond is set through a curing light.
  • The orthodontist runs the wire through the brackets and places rubber bands to secure.

The appointment for placing braces lasts approximately 90 minutes to two hours total. In many cases, patients have about 4-8 weeks to familiarize themselves with the new devices before their next follow-up appointment.

Follow-up appointments are much faster than the initial procedure. Taking place regularly every month to every two months, the orthodontist analyzes your progress, as well as adjusts the wires and rubber bands during each appointment. Marcus visited our office routinely throughout his 20-month treatment for checkups and adjustments, resulting in the beautiful smile he has today!

When your braces treatment is complete, the devices are removed. During this procedure, the brackets come off easily, leaving behind a trace of bonding material. The orthodontist removes the excess materials and polishes your teeth’s enamel, leaving smooth and pearly whites. In many situations, patients receive a retainer to wear at night that helps their teeth “remember” the new placement.

Get Started With Your Adult Orthodontics Treatment Today

Receiving braces as an adult is not something to be ashamed of – rather, it’s a good thing. You’re improving your smile, confidence, and overall oral health. Marcus achieved significant results through his adult orthodontic treatment, and you can, too. When you visit our orthodontic office in St. Louis, you’ll receive the utmost care. It’s our goal to assist you in achieving your dream smile! Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Frost Orthodontics of St. Louis - Case Study: Mark (Adult Invisalign) Before Photo
Mark’s smile before Invisalign
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Mark’s smile after Invisalign

Mark, a 51-year-old male, visited our St. Louis orthodontist office in September of 2020 for an initial consultation. He wished to improve the appearance of his teeth in addition to his self-confidence. During his first appointment, Dr. Frost studied Mark’s smile, taking note of misalignment and any issues with his bite. Photos were taken documenting his teeth before orthodontic treatment, and it was determined that his primary issue was overcrowding.

What is Crowding Teeth?

Crowded teeth, also referred to as a form of malocclusion (misalignment), occurs when there isn’t enough space in the mouth for permanent teeth to grow straight. Therefore, the teeth are crooked and overlap. Patients with crowded teeth can either have mild, moderate, or severe misalignment.

  • Mild crowding occurs when one tooth is slightly rotated in the upper or lower jaw.
  • Moderate crowding is characterized by two or three teeth that overlap in the upper and lower jaw. 
  • Severe crowding is seen in patients where most of their teeth are crooked and overlapping in the upper and lower jaw.

What Causes Crowded Teeth?

Overcrowding can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, jaw size, and number of permanent teeth. Potential causes include:

  • When teeth are larger than the jaw bone as a result of genetics, they tend to misalign, overlap, and twist.
  • Those with genetically smaller jaws typically don’t have enough room to properly fit each permanent tooth as they develop.
  • Patients that lose primary (baby) teeth early have empty spaces that aren’t immediately filled by permanent teeth, and therefore are subject to movement.
  • On the other hand, some individuals retain their primary teeth longer than normal, thus suppressing the permanent structures beneath and affecting their development.

How to Fix Crowded Teeth

Braces

The traditional method of fixing crowded teeth is through braces. They consist of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and connected by wire. The treatment requires regular orthodontic visits to tighten the hardware and therefore gradually move the teeth into their desired position. Length of treatment depends on each specific case.

Invisalign

An alternative to traditional braces, clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign are a more aesthetically pleasing and discreet way to straighten teeth. Although they are not 100% invisible, aligners are growing in popularity due to being less noticeable compared to braces. Mark underwent a 15-month Invisalign treatment, which transformed his overcrowded teeth into a straight, confident smile.

In addition to overcrowding, Invisalign can also treat spacing issues. However, more complex problems, such as those with the bite, will likely require more extensive orthodontic intervention. When you visit your orthodontist, they will be able to recommend the best treatment for your specific situation.

The Invisalign Process

The first step in Mark’s Invisalign treatment process was paying us a visit. Using the newly developed iTero Element Plus Mobile Scanner, Dr. Frost was able to create 3D impressions of Mark’s mouth without the traditional putty. Additionally, the latest technology will save the impressions forever, which allows patients like Mark to receive new treatments and trays without another consultation.

The impression was then used to create and implement a treatment regimen that included a series of customized plastic aligners that gradually moved Mark’s teeth over the 15-month time period. Gentle pressure was applied by the Invisalign with the goal of moving his teeth just enough to where the next aligner in the process would fit comfortably.

Mark was instructed to wear his Invisalign for at least 22 hours each day, only removing them when eating, drinking, or cleaning his teeth. Compared to braces, Mark could easily brush and floss his teeth without attempting to work around brackets and wires. Additionally, his ability to thoroughly clean his teeth allowed him to reduce his risk of gum disease. He was quite pleased with his treatment and results!

Contact our St. Louis Orthodontist Today

As you can see in our before and after photos, Mark’s smile greatly improved during his 15-month Invisalign treatment. His issue with dental crowding was solved through an attractive, effective, and minimally invasive process. Our team at Frost Orthodontics has helped thousands of patients like Mark across the St. Louis area improve their smiles, and we’ll do the same for you, too. Schedule your Invisalign consultation today, and experience the latest in scanning technology! We look forward to meeting you.

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Here we have Alden who was brought in by her family for help correcting her misaligned teeth and overbite, which are common problems for children her age. They made the trip to Frost Orthodontics in Creve Coeur because they were confident that Dr. Frost and his team could straighten her teeth at a young age so she can live life with a smile she can be proud of!

Overbites like Alden’s are especially important to get corrected since they can lead to even more serious health and dental issues as one gets older. Problems like speech impediments, breathing issues, chewing deficiencies, sleep apnea, overall jaw pain, and alterations in the appearance of the face are complications that can likely develop when overbites are left untouched.

Here was Alden before starting braces treatment…

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And here is Alden after the treatment…

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A year and a half made such a huge difference in the appearance of Alden’s smile. Just like many other patients that Dr. Frost and his team have helped, Alden’s treatment has greatly lowered her risk for future issues. Frost Orthodontics can make a difference for your child’s smile too!

If your child has an overbite, underbite, misalignment, or other dental issue, we recommend getting it corrected as soon as possible to protect their overall health. We provide high-quality results for patients all throughout the St. Louis area.

Contact our office to schedule a free orthopedic consultation where we will examine your child’s teeth and determine the correct, specialized treatment for them, as well as provide a time and cost estimate.


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Here we have Alicia, a woman who has always wanted to correct the spaces in her teeth. At 39 years old, she finally decided that there is no age limit on getting the smile she’s always wanted. She chose Frost Orthodontics to help her achieve this dream smile due to our proud reputation of high quality and long lasting results!

It is a common misconception that adults cannot or should not get braces. Conventional braces, like the ones used on Alicia’s teeth, are just as effective on adults’ teeth as younger teeth. Just look at the results of Alicia’s procedure.

Here she is before starting treatment…

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And here is Alicia after the treatment…

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After only 16 months, her spaces were filled and she now has a dazzling smile to show off! Many adults could never imagine that this complete transformation could be done so quickly and affordably!

Are you one of them? If you are an adult thinking about braces but don’t know if it’s right for you, contact the team at Frost Orthodontics! Braces are not just for teenagers – you will find that your schedule and budget for braces are more flexible as an adult, making your treatment easy.

When you set up an appointment with Dr. Frost, he can help you establish orthodontic goals and set you up with a personalized treatment plan to achieve those goals. Dr. Frost will be there with you every step of the way.

We have extensive experience with people of all ages and can utilize the most effective treatment knowledge available in St. Louis. Contact us for a free consultation to determine a cost and time estimate for the treatment! You have nothing to lose except another year without the smile you’ve only dreamed of.


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A teenager suffering from off-center teeth and an underbite was brought to our state-of-the-art treatment center to correct these issues. As this is a common problem we see amongst teens in the St. Louis area, we knew that braces were the right orthodontic treatment.

After all, it’s a good idea to have your child’s braces put on during young adulthood due to aesthetic and social reasons and because adjusting the teeth is easier when the bones are not yet fully developed.

With the support of his parents, Auggie began treatment with Frost Orthodontics. They were confident that Dr. Frost and his team could effectively straighten his teeth while correcting the underbite.

Here was Auggie before starting the first phase of the treatment process…

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And here is Auggie after his braces were removed…

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He received outstanding results after only a year and a half, and his parents couldn’t be happier! With the underbite gone, you can see all of his beautifully straightened teeth!

Fixing dental problems is more than just ensuring your child retains their self-esteem, it can also help protect against a host of chronic health problems. For example, underbites can cause speech issues, jaw pain, headaches, and tooth decay.

Does your child have an underbite, overbite, or misaligned teeth that could lead to more than just aesthetic problems? Call our office today to schedule a free consultation! During your personalized review, we can determine if he or she is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. We will also be available to answer any of your questions before providing the cost and time estimate for your child’s specific case.

At Frost Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with beautiful smiles and the best dental protection available. Contact our office now in St. Louis!


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Young man wishing to correct the spacing of his teeth consulted with Frost Orthodontics to discuss available treatment options. Being an adult, Adam preferred an effective but discreet way to improve his smile. Dr. Frost and his team recommended using Invisalign!

To start off, Dr. Frost used the iTero scanner to make Adam’s Invisalign impressions faster, more accurate, and more comfortable. After completing the scanning process, we processed the images to give Adam a better understanding of how Invisalign would correct the gaps in his teeth.

Here was Adam before the Invisalign treatment:

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…and here is Adam’s smile following the treatment:

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Just look at the results after only 10 months! Adam is pleased with his new smile, all thanks to Dr. Frost and his team.

Are you an individual who has lived their entire life hiding your smile? Many adults are reluctant to seek help in correcting dental problems because they don’t want metal braces that would make them feel like a teenager all over again. However, we’re here to tell you that there are other options! For many adults in St. Louis, Invisalign is the clear choice— literally! With Invisalign’s clear design, hardly anyone will ever know you’re wearing them, all while straightening your teeth for a smile you’ve only dreamed of!

Now is the time to schedule a consultation with Frost Orthodontics. We can help you establish orthodontic goals, set up a unique treatment plan to reach those goals, and motivate you to stick to your treatment plan. We work with individuals of all ages, which allows us to utilize the most comprehensive treatment experience and knowledge available anywhere.

Following a personalized review, Dr. Frost can determine if you are qualified for Invisalign and provide you with a cost and time estimate for the treatment.

There is no age limit on getting the smile you’ve always wanted! Contact us now to learn more!


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Parents sought help from Dr. Frost to correct their young daughter’s top and bottom teeth.

When Sarah arrived at Frost Orthodontics, she was suffering from severe dental crowding of the upper teeth. As this is a very common problem in children her age, we knew that braces were the right orthodontic treatment. We were prepared to provide high quality results as we have done so many times before for children and young adults all across St. Louis!

Two of her upper teeth were removed in order to establish a normal bite and to better align the teeth. Braces were then applied and well-maintained over the course of her treatment, which lasted little more than a year and a half.

Here was Sarah before starting treatment:

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… and here she is after the braces were removed!

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What a result! Sarah is very happy with her newly transformed smile, and all thanks to her parents seeking help from Dr. Frost early on.

Early intervention is important when making the decision to fix your child’s teeth. A straight smile not only looks nice, which can help boost your child’s self esteem, it also makes it easier to take care of them.

There’s a reason why braces have always been associated with early teen years (sometimes even younger and younger). This is because children and young adults are in the optimal braces stage due to the fact that they are still growing. Your child should be brought in around this age because their jawbones are softer and more malleable, often requiring less time to straighten teeth than older individuals.

Correct your child’s smile now so they won’t have to worry about issues down the line, such as worsening dental crowding, gum disease, early loss of teeth, and more. Now is the time to contact our office and schedule a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Frost and his team. After examining your child’s unique situation, we will be able to determine whether the child is a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, as well as provide a time and cost estimate.

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Parents who were concerned with their daughter’s deep overbite and misaligned teeth took the 12 year old girl to Frost Orthodontics in Creve Coeur. They were confident that Dr. Frost and his staff could effectively straighten Lee Anna’s teeth while correcting other aesthetic problems.

After examination and cultivating the appropriate records, braces were the agreed upon method. With the support of her parents, Lee Anna began treatment on the upper teeth to help take care of the deep overbite. Then, after about three months, the lower braces were placed.

Once both the upper and lower teeth were aligned, Lee Anna wore rubber bands to help reduce her overbite. Over the course of 24 months of orthodontic treatment, her teeth were becoming straighter and straighter!

Here was Lee Anna’s teeth before starting treatment:

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…and here is Lee Anna’s smile following the treatment:

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Lee Anna received excellent results! She is a happy young lady with a completely transformed, dazzling smile, thanks to Dr. Frost and his team!

Does your child have an overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth? Consider braces for the correction of common dental problems. It is up to you to help get your child started on the path to straight teeth that they can be proud of—that way, they will never have to hide that wonderful smile you love!

Call our office to schedule a free consultation where we can determine if your child is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. After a personalized review and answering any questions either you or the child has, we will provide the cost and time estimate that it will take to correct the child’s teeth.

Our team is proud to provide thorough, personalized care in a friendly environment. We welcome people and families of all ages to get the smile they’ve always wanted! Contact us now to learn more!


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Adult male wishing to correct a slight gap in his front teeth consulted with Dr. Frost of Frost Orthodontics to discuss what treatment options were available. After his review, Dr. Frost opted to recommend to Tim an express treatment with Invisalign which lasts just as long as a full Invisalign treatment but targets a smaller dental issue.

Here was Tim before the express Invisalign treatment:

 

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…and here is Tim’s smile following the treatment:

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In less than one year, Dr. Frost and his experienced team provided an express Invisalign treatment personalized for Tim’s needs and corrected the problem in a short amount of time. Rather than providing a standard Invisalign treatment, Dr. Frost is prepared to use the latest technology to provide patients with exactly what they need – no more and no less.

Are you an adult with a minor dental correction and think Invisalign might be a good option for you? If so, contact Frost Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Frost and his team will take a look at the dental problems of most concern to you and recommend a treatment option that is not only personalized, but provides you with the peace of mind you need to decide if an express Invisalign treatment is right for you.


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