At the offices of Kevin L. Carlton, DDS, MS, our Abilene orthodontics office has been providing the best in dental orthodontics for many years. We provide interceptive orthodontics, which is a technique that addresses orthodontic problems in children between the ages of 7 and 11. It can result in fewer pulled teeth and better compliance by our young patients.
Most young patients did not begin orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted. Afterwards, often a malocclusion was diagnosed and addressed. This usually happened around the age of 12, 13 or 14 years old. The problem with waiting this long was that it often necessitated our dentist to extract several permanent teeth in order to create space for Abilene orthodontics. Following these procedures and movement, it was necessary for patients to wear headgear and other orthodontic appliances. Teens were not happy about wearing these types of orthodontic appliances, which is why interceptive orthodontics was developed. Some of the techniques used in this phase include arch expansion. This allows more room for permanent teeth and enhances jaw growth and makes later orthodontic treatment much easier. This is called Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase generally occurs closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally took place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques allows Phase 2 of the treatment to become shorter and less involved.
Our Abilene orthodontics office’s goal is to correct a malocclusion, also known as a bad bite. With a bad bite, teeth may be crowded or crooked. The upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment or uneven. This can cause more dental problems and can be expensive over time. These malocclusions are usually genetic or can be caused by poor oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Our orthodontic treatment addresses any or all of these problems. It helps to not only create an attractive smile but to develop a bite which can promote oral health by making teeth easier to clean. Crooked teeth are more apt to get food and debris caught between them, causing tooth decay and eventual tooth loss.