The teeth/smile is one of the first things you notice about a person. Orthodontics is important not only for esthetics, but also for function!
If it's a gum (or periodontal) issue, it can likely be treated with a grafting procedure. If it's a problem with the bite, or the tooth has moved out of position, then it can likely be treated orthodontically.
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If your jaws are still "disproportionate"...jaw discrepencies can be addressed with a jaw surgical proceedure. This is done very commonly for those who dislike their facial structures.
The take home message is that EVERY case must be evaluated on an idividual basis to determine the ideal treatment plan/options for each case.
The key is retention. My rule of thumb is a permanent or 'fixed' retainer for at least three years to allow the teeth to get stable in their new positions, before I can feel comfortable trusting a removeable retainer! Knowing how UNSTABLE teeth are after they've been moved...I just don't trust a removeable retainer to hold until stable.
There are some cases where overcrowding is severe enough that removing teeth makes sense (sometimes), but in today's orthodontics, we're able to do more and more cases non-extraction.
There are many things that can and SHOULD be intercepted when a patient is in the mixed dentition (still has several primary teeth remaining!). Skeletal discrepancies, severe crowding, parafunctional habits, etc...which can be intercepted and corrected while we await the eruption of the remaining permanent teeth.
While personally, I'm not a big fan of two sets of braces OR many years in braces because we're waiting for teeth to come in...I AM in favor of early skeletal correction or arch development because often you can take advantage of growth AND make room for developing/erupting teeth!
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As a general rule, I prefer to use 'fixed' or 'bonded' retainers both upper AND lower until I know the teeth are reasonably stable before I can 'trust' a removable retainer! Teeth are VERY unstable after orthodontic correction, and they WANT to return to their original position! This is called relapse, and we do everything we can to prevent relapse!
To me, trying to rely on a removable retainer is VERY risky immediately post-ortho! Bad things happen with removables (compliance, breakage, lost, chewed up by the dog, etc)...and replacement retainers aren't cheap! This is why I prefer having the control in MY hands by bonding upper and lower retainers routinely...at least until things are more stable.
The best thing to do is to have an orthodontist see your son to see if any early treatment is indicated. As long as there's not a significant skeletal discrepancy, or severe crowding...it is often best to wait until all or at least most of the permanent teeth have erupted. Otherwise you're looking at either TWO sets of braces, or an unnecessary extended time in braces! (neither of which are very appealling!)
However, there are MANY things that can and SHOULD be intercepeted early...when there are still some primary teeth remaining!
So, the best thing to do would be to make an appointment for your son for a new patient exam/consultation to see what if anything is necessary at this time!
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Nothing to worry about!
The best thing to do would be to get an exam/consultation with a certified orthodontist. He/she will be able to tell you your best options.
I am diabetic and have to undergo an orthodontic treatment. Will my diabetes affect my healing process?
Could it be possible that you might be confusing orthodontic treatment with something else that requires 'healing'? The process of orthodontics is a slow, methodical, controlled movement of the teeth that should not require any 'healing'. To answer your question, No...diabetes would not affect orthodontic treatment in any way.
Personally, I'm not a fan of two times in braces...or a LONG time in braces because we're waiting for the rest of the permanent teeth to come in! However, I do like to intercept things like habits and skeletal problems while children are still in 'mixed' dentition (primary AND permanent teeth present)...and hold off on comprehensive orthodontics (braces or Invisalign) until at least most of the permanent teeth are in.
The best thing to do would be to have your son seen by an orthodontist to determine if he/she feels that there is anything that should be intecepted with early treatment.
To me, as long as there aren't any skeletal problems, habits, or severe crowding, I would put a child on observation...check them once or twice a year until it's time for alignment and bite correction. This way you can avoid having to pay for two sets of braces, OR have your child in braces for years and years because you're waiting for the rest of the permanent teeth to come in!
Proper orthodontic treatment is not just limited to correcting the alignment of the teeth...it is also important that the upper and lower teeth relate properly together. The "occlusion", or 'the bite' is every bit as important with the function of your teeth as alignment is with the esthetics!
Sometimes (most commonly) it takes longer to correct the occlusion than it does the alignment.
That being said, the length of time in braces is obviously dependant on the degree of difficulty in correcting both the alignment AND the occlusion. This varies greatly! If it's just minor tooth movement of the front teeth, it can sometimes be done with a spring aligner retainer in just a few weeks. On the other hand, if there is significant bite and/or alignment correction...it can take two years or more!
So, the simple answer is this: The total time in braces completely depends on the degree of difficulty of the case!
As soon as the orthodontist does an exam of your dental alignment and occlusion, he/she should be able to give you an idea on how long it will take to correct it!
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