Monday, March 4, 2019

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Early Orthodontic Treatment

Over the past few years more and more parents have been bringing in their 7-10 year old children for an orthodontic examination. Most often their dentist has referred them but now, more often, the parents have noticed that more and more of their child’s classmates are wearing braces and they want to know “Why?”. “Should my child be starting this early?” Or, “I didn’t get my braces until junior high school, what’s going on?”

While it’s true that we are placing more orthodontic appliances on 7-10 year olds, the benefits of early treatment is on a case-to-case basis and only the more severe problems require actual braces. The primary reason for early treatment is that some dental and jaw discrepancies are much easier to correct when the teeth and jaws are in their most active development stage, 7-10 years of age. Normally it will not eliminate the need for braces when all of the permanent teeth erupt, but it will usually result in a shorter time period with braces and a more ideal result.

The most common appliances that you see have the purposes of making room so that permanent teeth will not require removal to make space for all of the teeth, or widening a narrow upper jaw, or beginning the correction of more severe bite issues or severe malalignment issues that affect the child’s self-image. We can even use new technology from companies like Invisalign to treat certain problems at this early age!

If you have questions about whether or not your child should be seen we are more than happy to conduct a complimentary examination for you. A referral from your child’s dentist is not necessary but we will communicate our findings to you child’s dentist. If we feel that your child is not ready to benefit from treatment we will monitor your child’s dental development on a regular basis until it is the ideal time to intervene.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Why go to an orthodontic specialist instead of a general dentist?

“Anyone can straighten teeth, right?” 
“My dentist offers Invisalign.”
“I can order clear aligners online, take my own impressions at home, and straighten my own teeth!”

Specialists exist in all categories of medicine.  Take, for example, a cardiologist.  A cardiologist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to your heart.  If you, or someone you know, is having heart-related problems, then logically you want that problem treated by the best person available-the cardiologist.
Now, let’s take this one step further.  When you were describing your concerns to your general-practice physician he or she said that they have access to some new techniques that allow them to treat your heart, or perform your surgery, at a lower cost than the cardiologist.  Do you agree to treatment with the general-practice physician to save some money, or do you ask to be referred to the cardiologist?
I know very well that treatment of crooked teeth is not a life-or-death matter, as can be the case with heart problems, but the result of improper orthodontic treatment can have a lasting effect on your teeth and smile.  Your orthodontist is specially-trained to treat not just your crooked teeth but also how your teeth bite together.  This is not something we do as a small part of our day.  We spend our waking hours focused on understanding all the factors as to why your teeth are not straight as well as the different ways to fix them.  Our responsibility is to listen to your concerns and then help you to understand the different options available for treatment.  Our goal is to give you a bite, or occlusion, that functions properly so that you can chew efficiently and not wear down your teeth prematurely.  Our dedication to your smile results in a customized smile that fits your face and personality.  In summary, your orthodontist knows what to do, and when to do it…at least when related to your teeth and smile!                                                                                                                                                                

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our New Blog

First of all, Happy New Year from Drs. Daft, Stamos and Myers!

This year we will publish a regular blog intended to help our patients and community understand the value of orthodontic treatment and what options might be best for you and your loved ones.

We have a wealth of knowledge to share from our combined 80 years of experience and education from USC, UCLA, UOP, the U of Detroit and the U of Notre Dame in addition to our regular continuing education that keeps us on the cutting edge of patient care.

Some of the topics we look forward to discussing are:
Extraction vs non-extraction therapy
1 phase vs 2 phase treatments
Deciding between Invisalign, metal braces or clear braces
Wisdom teeth extraction
Maintaining the benefits of your treatment for life

Please let us know what questions and topics you would like to see covered in future posts.

We wish you a healthy and happy 2019 and look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely Drs. Daft, Stamos and Myers

Early Orthodontic Treatment Over the past few years more and more parents have been bringing in their 7-10 year old children for ...