Scottsdale Orthodontic Care on the connection between oral habits and braces

Posted at 7:45 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 13:57:54-04

Scottsdale Orthodontic Care is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living

There are many new techniques and technologies appearing in the field of orthodontics.
In addition to smaller braces, clear appliances and colors, and of course invisible aligners that deliver results equal to braces, we for the most part have progressed from traditional “old fashioned braces” utilizing headgear rubber bands and removing many teeth.
Acceleration procedures allow for treatment in shorter periods of time thanks to some micro surgical procedures and FDA approved medical devices.
Recently, patient cooperation devices have become available to help our young and old clients alike to change their oral habits and help teeth move faster and stay straight longer.
Face First Orthodontics
This works by evaluating the patient from the outside of the face and working inward by analyzing appearance including muscle balance of the face, the teeth and now even the airway.
Utilizing CAT scan x rays and other sophisticated devices, Dr. Grob and his staff are treating much more than just straight teeth.
Habits such as mouth breathing, can cause growth disturbances that will alter the shape of the face and response to care.
An evaluation by an orthodontist may indicate that medical specialists should be consulted to achieve the optimum results, especially in the situation with mouth breathing and sleep apnea resulting from airway obstruction.
Nail biting and thumb sucking can distort the face muscles which in turn make orthodontic care more difficult or take longer.
Eliminating these habits can make the whole process move along smoothly and encourage a lifelong smile with less chance of relapse.
When to Start?
One of the most commonly asked questions regarding orthodontic care is “when one should I start or at least be evaluated for braces or straight teeth?”.
While the first twelve permanent teeth are erupting, (around ages 6 to 9) one should look with visual and x ray examination for extra, missing and impacted teeth. This is also the time when oral habits are noted and attempts are made to eliminate or correct them. Many patients during this period are merely placed on regular recall or evaluation because the need for early treatment is not found.
The next twelve permanent teeth are the ones on the sides and appear in the mouth during the period of rapid growth of the face and jaws.(around ages 10 to 14) This “gold standard” period is when the vast majority of orthodontic care is performed, usually during the period of adolescence when the most amount of care can be accomplished in the least amount of time.
Four Twelve Year Molars begin of course erupting at age twelve but are usually complete by age 15 and up. This marks the adult period of orthodontic care and is the time when a variety of problems are addressed.
Special Offer For Habit Correction and Evaluation!
A simple removable device, (Trainer For Kids ™ and Trainer for Braces ™) with the help of a few instructions can greatly help break oral habits and encourage proper facial muscle balance. They have an added bonus of lessening the time in actual braces!
Dr. Grob and Scottsdale Orthodontic Care are making this device available at no charge as a special offer for patients who call following this educational presentation.

Scottsdale Orthodontic Care
4910 E Greenway Rd.

Scottsdale Orthodontic Care is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living