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Orthodontic Phases

Phase 1
From birth to age 6
 (Baby Teeth Only)

What will we treat?

Functional Concerns:

  1. Speech abnormalities
  2. Abnormal chewing habits
  3. Airway obstruction
  4. Swallowing/tongue thrusting
  5. Thumb, pacifier, finger habits
     

Orthopedic Concerns:

  1. Growth of upper and lower jaws
  2. How upper jaw relates to the rest of the cranium
  3. How lower jaw relates to the rest of the cranium
  4. How upper and lower jaw relate to each other


Orthodontic concerns:

  1. We will not usually treat teeth orthodontically (braces) at this age, but other methods of treatment are used.

 

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Phase 2
From age 6 to 12 years old

Final shaping of the TMJ occurs
Transitional stage in which remaining baby teeth are lost and permanent
teeth erupt.

What will we treat?

Functional Concerns:

  1. Speech abnormalities
  2. Abnormal chewing habits
  3. Airway obstruction
  4. Swallowing/tongue thrusting
  5. Thumb, finger habits


Orthopedic Concerns:

  1. Growth of upper and lower jaws
  2. How upper jaw relates to the cranium
  3. How lower jaw relates to the cranium
  4. How upper and lower jaws relate to each other


Orthodontic Concerns:

  1. Braces will be used to treat the permanent teeth in order to allow proper TM joint formation
  2. Average treatment is usually 8-10 months
  3. Not intended to eliminate the need for braces at a later age, but may do so occasionally

 

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Phase 3
From ages 12 and up
All permanent teeth have erupted

What will we treat?

Functional Concerns:

  1. Most of these problems will be difficult to treat at this time
  2. Airway obstruction and tongue habits may be corrected

Orthopedic Concerns:

  1. Can be treated only if some growth potential remains
  2. Usually too late for orthopedic corrections

Orthodontic Concerns:

  1. Braces will be used to align permanent teeth
  2. Without previous treatment of functional and orthopedic problems, we are limited to simple tooth alignment
  3. Long term stability is less predictable
  4. Increased potential for TMJ problems without prior treatment
  5. Usually average 2-3 years of treatment
  6. May involve the need for tooth extraction without earlier treatment

 

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Below are some of the communities in the New Orleans area proudly served by the dentists and staff at New Orleans Dental Center :

Eastbank:
New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, River Ridge, Chalmette, Arabi, Meraux and all the communities of Orleans, Jefferson and Saint Bernard Parishes.
Westbank:
Algiers, Avondale, Barataria, Belle Chasse, Boothville, Braithwaite, Bridge City, Buras, Crown Point, Devant, Empire, Gretna, Harvey, Jean Lafitte, Jesuit Bend, Lafitte, Marrero, Nairn, Pilottown, Point A La Hache, Port Sulphur, Terrytown, Waggaman, West Pointe A La Hache, Westwego and all the communities of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
River Parishes: Boutte, Des Allemands, Destrahan, Good Hope, Hahnvlle, Luling, New Sarpy, Paradis, St. Rose and all the communities of St. Charles, St. John and Ascension Parishes.

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