Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial problems. Braces are appliances that are fitted to teeth so that these problems can be corrected.
Orthodontists have received years of advanced training, in addition to their general dental degrees, to become a specialist. Teeth and facial profiles can be permanently changed by orthodontic treatment so it is very important that the treatment be done properly.
No referral is necessary from any dentist to consult with an orthodontist. Personal recommendations from friends and families of existing patients is often the primary way orthodontists meet new patients.
Early discovery of orthodontic problems allow the orthodontist to determine the best time for treatment to begin. In certain cases, optimum results are not possible once the face and jaw have stopped growing. Children mature at varying rates and it is important to evaluate a child as their permanent teeth erupt. Between six and eight years of age is a good time to see a child for the first time, unless one suspects a problem at an earlier age.
Early examination often permits maximum improvement with the least amount of time and expense. However, adult patients who have healthy teeth and supporting structures are never too old for orthodontic treatment.
Poorly aligned teeth are more susceptible to trauma and can trap food debris that leads to tooth and gum problems. In some cases, preventive or interceptive forms of treatment can affect the growth and alignment of the jaws, guide erupting teeth into more favorable positions and preserve spaces for permanent teeth.
Early treatment improves appearances during the critical developmental years. Studies suggest that appearance can have an effect on personality, behavior, self-image and popularity. In addition, as adolescents enter their late teens, they become less receptive to orthodontic therapy and more conscious about their appearance.
Dr. Frost and his staff work towards providing all their patients with the highest level of orthodontic treatment possible in a caring and patient friendly environment. Advances in bonding agents have produced products that can be used on wet teeth, are photo-sensitive, have superior strength and allow for quicker, more comfortable appointments. New wires continue to be introduced. The latest wires are temperature sensitive which allows the wire to be more comfortable and can even speed up treatment.