Braces and Orthodontics In Concord, NC
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Lockney to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, Dr. Lockney will inspect your child’s teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in your child’s mouth. An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs which includes braces.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
If Dr. Lockney performs your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes that treatment is necessary, we will complete it in a two-phase approach. Phase I is usually between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Dr. Lockney may recommend expansion, an active retainer or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and improve the relationship between their upper and lower jaws.
Phase II is dependent on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible to function properly. Phase II usually involves full upper and lower braces for your child and will not begin until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted.
Phase II treatment usually lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
MTM® Clear Aligners
MTM Clear Aligners can often provide patients who want a straighter smile with a faster, less expensive orthodontics option. These clear aligners can correct gaps between the teeth, a misaligned bite and tooth-crowding. If you want a straighter smile without traditional metal braces, Dr. Lockney will work with you to determine if MTM Clear Aligners could be the best solution for your smile!
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than ones worn in the past, as they’re flatter and smaller. Dr. Lockney may recommend braces if you suffer from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
Your child might need a space maintainer if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted. If your child needs a space maintainer, Dr. Lockney will custom make it to fit your child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space where the baby tooth was lost open in order to allow the permanent tooth to come into place.
Baby teeth are vital to the healthy development of adult teeth, jawbones, muscles. Often, if a space maintainer is not used, your child’s other teeth can shift into the open space and future, more invasive orthodontic treatment might be needed.
Post Orthodontic Treatment
Caring for your smile after orthodontic treatment is a vital part of making sure your teeth don’t move after your orthodontic treatment. This is a critical follow-up stage that usually involves wearing a retainer. At Dennis R. Lockney, DDS, PA, we offer several different types, all of which are custom-made to fit your smile.
Ready to take the next step toward creating your best and healthiest smile? Call Dennis R. Lockney, DDS, PA in Concord, NC today to schedule your appointment!
Looking to get something fixed before deciding to try braces? Our menu of restorative dentistry treatments can help you reach your oral health goals.