1. Oral Prophylaxis
Oral Prophylaxis is the removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from exposed and unexposed surfaces of the teeth by scaling and polishing as a preventive measure for the control of local irritants.
2. Pit & Fissure Sealants
How Do Sealants Help Prevent Decay?
Sealant material forms a protective barrier by bonding to tooth surfaces and covering natural depressions and grooves (called pits and fissures) in the teeth. More that 75 percent of dental decay begins in the pit and fissure areas of the back teeth. Combined with proper home care and regular dental visits, sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay.
Dental Sealants or pit and fissure sealants, are made of a thin plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — premolars and molars.
Dental sealants along with daily oral hygiene can keep your children’s teeth free of tooth decay.
Why to use Dental Sealants
The chewing surfaces of molars and premolars are not smooth. They have pits and fissures where the toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Dental plaque is free to grow causing tooth decay (even with good dental hygiene). Most of the cavities on a kid’s freshly erupted permanent teeth occur in these areas.
Dental caries researches have revealed that almost 84% of caries in ages 5-17 involved these pit and fissure areas.
3. Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride has a unique ability to strengthen enamel. Enamel, the hardest substance in nature is made up of an incredible crystalline substance called calcium hydroxyapatite. When fluoride is incorporated into the enamel it becomes calcium fluorapatite, which is much more resistant to acid attack (decay).
4. Myofunctional Appliance
The Myofunctional device or Myo Munchee is considered one of the most significant developments in the field of interceptive orthodontics.
Originally designed (over 12 years ago) as an aid to plaque removal, its potential as a preventive orthodontic device was quickly realized.
Brand that we carry in our Myofuntional Appliance.
T4K™ 2007 Features:
1: The T4K™ 2007 is thicker overall for better arch development and durability.
2: Offset upper and lower arches improve molar relationship and prevent splitting.
3: Modified tongue tag area for better tongue placement.
4: Offset upper and lower arches with Class I bite rather than edge to edge as previously.
5. Supervised Development / Extraction of non shedding teeth
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that at age 7 children should be evaluated by an orthodontist.
This visit will provide information regarding their child’s skeletal growth pattern, dental development, as well as to advise parents on ideal treatment timing.
In most cases the orthodontist will simply monitor the patient at a 6 to 12 month interval until the patient is either ready for treatment or it is determined that treatment is not needed.
Usually by age 7 the first permanent molars and incisors have erupted sufficiently to allow the orthodontist to evaluate for crossbites, crowding and skeletal problems.
When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth.
Benefits of Early Treatment
• Regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches
• Gain space for permanent teeth
• Reduce the need for permanent tooth extractions
• Reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
• Correct thumb-sucking, and regulate abnormal swallowing or speech problems
• Simplify late treatment
• Improve the child’s self image during formative years
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF TWO-PHASE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Two phase orthodontic treatment is a very specialized process that encompasses tooth straightening and physical, facial changes.
The major advantage of a two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and esthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
The disadvantage of waiting for complete eruption of permanent teeth and having only one phase of treatment for someone with a jaw discrepancy is facing the possibility of a compromised result that may not be stable.
FIRST PHASE TREATMENT
YOU’RE FOUNDATION FOR A LIFETIME OF BEAUTIFUL TEETH
The goal of first phase treatment is to develop the jaw size in order to accommodate all the permanent teeth and to coordinate the upper and lower jaws to each other.
Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized at an early age. If children after age 6 are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment.
Planning now can save your smile later
Because they are growing rapidly, children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment utilizing appliances that direct the growth relationship of the upper and lower jaws. Thus, a good foundation can be established, providing adequate room for eruption of all permanent teeth.
This early correction may prevent removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper and lower jaws. Leaving such a condition untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to resolve with braces alone.
Making records to determine your unique treatment
Orthodontic records will be necessary to determine the type of appliances to be used, the duration of treatment time, and the frequency of visits. Records consist of impressions of the teeth, x-rays, and photographs.
In this phase, the remaining permanent teeth are allowed to erupt. Retainers are recommended since they help prevent relapse to the prior condition and guide eruption of the remaining permanent teeth.
Monitoring your teeth’s progress
At the end of the first phase of treatment, teeth are not in their final positions. This will be determined and accomplished in the second phase of treatment.
Selective removal of certain primary (baby) teeth may be in the best interest of enhancing eruption during this resting phase. Therefore, periodic recall appointments for observation are necessary, usually on a six-month basis.
SECOND PHASE TREATMENT: STAY HEALTHY AND LOOK ATTRACTIVE
The goal of the second phase is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth.
When this equilibrium is established the result is a beautiful smile and teeth that function properly.
Movement & Retention
At the beginning of the first phase, orthodontic records were made and a diagnosis and treatment plan established. Certain types of appliances were used in the first phase, depending on the problem.
The second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for 14 to 20 months.
Retainers are worn after this phase to ensure you maintain your beautiful smile.
6. Cleft lip and Cleft Palate Tx (Conservative & Surgical)
It is facial and oral malformations that occur very early in pregnancy, while the baby is developing inside its mother. Clefting results when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together properly. Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth. Because the lip and the palate develop separately, it is possible to have a cleft lip without a cleft palate, a cleft palate without a cleft lip, or both a cleft lip and cleft palate together.