Greg Walters, DDS, FAGD

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Orthodontics

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orthodonticsOrthodontic treatment is available to patients of all ages. In accordance with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that children have their first orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. With early evaluation and diagnosis, children can achieve optimal orthodontic results. Early treatment provides a range of benefits and often means that a patient can avoid surgery or other serious complications. There is, of course, no age limit for orthodontic treatment as both children and adults benefit from orthodontics.

Braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. Treatment involves impressions of your teeth being made before braces can be put on. From these impressions, models of the teeth are made.

After impressions, Dr. Walters makes the final decision about what will be put on the teeth. It depends on whether the patient is in Phase One or Phase Two of treatment. Sometimes treatment only has one phase; other times there are two. When this happens, it’s usually because there is a problem with the bite that needs to be fixed before the teeth can be aligned.

Perfect oral hygiene is necessary during any type of orthodontic treatment. Teeth can be pulled into a perfect smile, but they can’t be prevented from decaying unless they are taken care of. This means flossing around the braces and brushing at least twice a day, very carefully. Only soft-bristled brushes should be used.


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