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who needs

orthodontic treatment?

We treat children, teens, and adults of all ages who have misaligned teeth or an improper bite. Orthodontic treatment is most effective in children and orthodontic screening is recommended by the age of 7. 

Children’s jaws and mouth are still developing until about age 13, so early intervention can take advantage of natural growth to encourage proper alignment. Early detection of present or potential orthodontic problems can be treated with phase 1 orthodontic treatment between the ages of 6-9 or with braces once the child has all of their permanent teeth.

Crooked teeth, large gaps, and overcrowding are all issues that are commonly found in teenagers. Teenagers are good candidates for metal or ceramic braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. However, maintaining proper oral hygiene during treatment is important when wearing braces, because thorough cleaning and flossing are more difficult.

Metal braces are typically the best orthodontic treatment for adults with moderate to severe alignment issues. Invisalign can be used for more minor problems and is more discreet than metal braces. Another issue that is prevalent among adults is TMJ, which can also be improved through orthodontic treatment.

If you have misaligned teeth, TMJ, or an improper bite, orthodontic treatment is the best way to correct these problems. To find out which treatment is best for you, contact us at Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with our Wyomissing orthodontist.

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treatments offered

Metal Braces - Traditional braces are made of stainless steel brackets and wires that exert significant pressure onto the teeth to correct moderate to severe alignment issues. Treatment typically takes between 12-24 months and requires more persistent brushing and flossing of the teeth to prevent a buildup of plaque between the brackets. Elastics can also be used to assist with correcting a misaligned jaw.

Invisalign - Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is used as an alternative to metal braces. Invisalign is best suited for minor to moderate alignment issues, but with the addition of attachment buttons and elastics, more severe problems and bite issues may be treated with Invisalign. 

Clear aligners are transparent which makes them desirable for those who don’t want to draw attention to their misaligned teeth. The aligners are also removable which makes cleaning the teeth very easy and allows the patient to eat a restriction-free diet.

Ceramic Braces - These braces function the same way as metal braces but the design of their appearance is similar to Invisalign. The use of wires, brackets, and elastics enables the braces to treat seriously crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and large gaps in the teeth, but they are made of tooth-colored ceramic and clear elastic bands. 

The wire used in these braces can also be made white for a more transparent appearance that does not draw attention. Ceramic braces combine the best aspects of metal braces and Invisalign into one orthodontic system. 

Space Maintainers - Space maintainers hold a space open in the mouth where a child has lost a baby tooth prematurely. While baby teeth are supposed to fall out eventually, if it happens too soon due to dental trauma, decay, or gum disease, it can cause issues. 

For example, if the permanent tooth is not due to come in for a long time, then leaving a space in the mouth can cause the surrounding teeth to shift and lean into this space. This would prevent the permanent tooth from having a space to erupt and it can also cause the teeth to become crooked or overcrowded.

A baby tooth’s job is to assist with speech, mastication, aesthetics, and most importantly, hold a space for the permanent tooth to come in. When this tooth is lost too early, it is unable to perform this function. 

A space maintainer is a plastic or metal appliance that is attached to the surrounding teeth to hold the space open and prevent the other teeth from moving. When the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, the space maintainer will be removed.

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