Orthodontics

Growth Modification Treatment

Part of the interceptive orthodontic process, growth modification treatment is utilized in the first phase of two-stage orthodontic treatment for children with misaligned teeth and bites. Growth modification is used when bones are still in the growing process and is most effective during a child’s growth spurts.

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Orthodontic Retainers

A dental retainer is a custom-made orthodontic appliance used to keep teeth in place after dental braces are removed. Once your braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Made of wire and plastic or rubber, retainers keep your teeth from wandering and wasting thousands of dollars worth of orthodontic work! Teeth can also shift over time, making wearing a retainer even more important.

Wearing a retainer is especially important for children and teens, whose jaws are still developing. Dentists usually recommend wearing a retainer until your jaw stops growing, which is normally in the early 20s, but can sometimes be recommended for life. That may seem like a long time, but the longer you wear your retainer, the better your chances of maintaining a perfect smile!

For more information about the importance of orthodontic retainers, contact Audubon Dental Group at 901-761-5232.

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment refers to two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. A first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

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