The best time to start orthodontic treatment is when all of the permanent teeth have erupted.  This is generally between the ages of 11 and 14 years.  Many times your child will express concerns about gaps or overcrowding and crooked teeth.  All of these can be taken care of with braces during this age range particularly when your child is excited about braces.

Problems to watch for in growing children

Anterior crossbite

Anterior Crossbite

Top teeth are behind bottom teeth.

Posterior crossbite

Posterior Crossbite

Top teeth are inside of bottom teeth.

Crowding

Crowding

 

Open bite

Open Bite

Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed.

Protrusion

Protrusion

 

Deep bite

Deep Bite

 

Underbite or complete class iii

Underbite

Lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed.

Diastema - spacing between teeth

Diastema

Gaps between teeth

Oral habits

Oral Habits

Sucking on thumbs or fingers

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Images and captions, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

While orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14, some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re treated early.  If it appears that treatment will be needed, Dr. Griffies can advise you as to the ideal time to begin.  This will give us the best chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • Improve the way lips meet.

Problems to watch for in growing children

Anterior crossbite

Anterior Crossbite

Top teeth are behind bottom teeth. View example

Posterior crossbite

Posterior Crossbite

Top teeth are inside of bottom teeth. View example

Crowding

Crowding

Lack of space causes crowding as teeth erupt.

Open bite

Open Bite

Front teeth do not meet when back teeth are closed. View example

Protrusion

Protrusion

Upper teeth stick out beyond the lower teeth.

Ectopic Eruption

Ectopic Eruption

Ectopically erupting maxillary molar

Underbite or complete class iii

Underbite

Lower teeth sit in front of upper teeth when back teeth are closed.

Diastema - spacing between teeth

Diastema

Gaps between teeth

Oral habits

Oral Habits

Sucking on thumbs or fingers.  View example

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Images and captions, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

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Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.

Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.

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Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful and long lasting smile along with a functional bite. There are two ways you can bite your teeth together, one is where your teeth fit best and one is where your jaw joint fits best in the joint. Our goal is to bring those two bites together so when you bite your teeth together your jaw is in the best position within the jaw joint and your teeth and jaws are in harmony with each other.

In order to meet this goal, we take extra steps in our diagnostic records in order to use an articulator which functions very similar to your jaw joint. This enables Dr. Griffies to study your jaws in motion to determine the best positions for your teeth so they will be in harmony with your jaw joint. Dr. Griffies feels this will provide you with the following:

  • A Healthy and Beautiful smile
  • Establishment of a functional chewing system with the teeth and jaws well aligned
  • Periodontal Health
  • Facial Balance
  • TMJ Health
  • Stability of the result

Straighten-up Orthodontics

910 878-5796

301 Birch St

Raeford, NC 28376

 

Seven Lakes Orthodontics

910 673-0820

1064 Seven Lakes Dr

West End, NC 27376