Braces and Orthodontics In Concord, NC
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Lockney or Dr. Ty to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, our doctors 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 include braces.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
We perform 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.
We 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.
SureSmile is an orthodontic system that allows our dentist to offer ultra-customized smile results! Powered by advanced dental technologies, your SureSmile treatment begins with your dentist taking a set of images of your smile. From there, we can work directly with the SureSmile Digital Lab to create a series of customized clear aligners that will comfortably shift your teeth into a straighter position. Each set of orthodontic aligners will be specially crafted to achieve your unique smile goals!
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. We 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, We 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 Lockney Dental, 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 us 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.