Orthodontics

Interceptive Ortho

Interceptive Orthodontics identifies children’s teeth that are coming in crooked or crowded, usually by the age of 7. This is the best time to begin to correct problems such as dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems. Early dental treatment can reduce the time and sometimes eliminate the need for braces later on. 

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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 Titusville Smiles Dentistry at 321-567-2000.