Orthodontics

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process and is most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

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Interceptive Ortho

Interceptive Orthodontics identifies children’s teeth that are coming in crooked or crowded, usually by the age of 7. This is the best time to begin to correct problems such as dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems. Early dental treatment can reduce the time and sometimes eliminate the need for braces later on. 

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Orthodontic Retainers

A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and they help maintain the corrective effect of your braces. Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.

Wearing a retainer is especially important for children and teens, whose jaws are still developing. Regardless of age, dentists usually recommend to continue wearing the retainer in order to maintain the beautiful smile you have worked so hard to get!

For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact Dental Care of St. Joseph at 816-279-3300.

Ortho-Tain

Ortho-Tain® is a maker of orthodontic appliances and offers doctors and patients the ability to straighten teeth without braces. For patients as young as age 5, Ortho-Tain® offers a preventative solution for straightening their teeth and removing the need for fixed treatment later in life. The science of Interceptive Orthodontics means that your child does not have to endure years of discomfort, shyness or embarrassment during their school years due to wearing traditional braces. Ortho-Tain® also offers adult appliances proven to correct much more than just cosmetic flaws in a minimal amount of time and at a fraction of the cost. Prevention with Ortho-Tain® products is the most cost-effective and least intrusive method of providing affordable orthodontics for children and adults.

The Benefits of Ortho-Tain:

  • Gently straighten teeth without braces and the discomfort of wires and bands.
  • Allows you to enjoy everyday activities, your favorite meals and maintain excellent oral health.
  • Correct overbite, overjet, rotation, crowding, spacing and align the joints for TMJ treatment.
  • Provide a healthy, attractive smile that naturally resists relapse for years to come.
  • Put advanced orthodontics affordably in your reach at about 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of braces.
  • Enhance the smiles of adults, the mixed dentition age group (between 8-12), and children as young as age 5.
  • Shorten treatment time of traditional braces, retain and maintain correction, prevent snoring with a Snore-Cure® appliance, and protect enamel during sleep.

For more information on Ortho-Tain appliances or to make an appointment, contact Dental Care of St. Joseph at 816-279-3300 today.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. A first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

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