Anthony Patel Orthodontics recommends that children see an Orthodontist by Age 7
What is Early Phase 1 Treatment?
Orthodontics in the Mixed Dentition, which is when a child has both baby teeth an adult teeth in.
Why Treat Early? What are the Goals?
To correct existing or developing skeletal, dentoalveolar, and or muscular imbalances.
What is the Advantage of Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?
Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. Its main purpose is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
“Crooked Teeth” has been listed as one of the most common reasons children get teased. Correcting "crooked teeth" at an early age for children can make a significant difference in a child's self-esteem.rnrnBenefits of Early Treatment:
- Correct width of dental arches with expansion
- Improve eruption patterns of permanent teeth
- Decrease the risk of trauma to protruded upper front teeth
- Correct oral habits such as thumb sucking
- Improve self-esteem and esthetics
- Reduce likelihood of permanent tooth extraction
- Space maintenance for permanent teeth
Achieving Your Perfect Smile Can be Faster and Easier
Our office is pleased to offer our patients passive self-ligating Damon System braces. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing the teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!
Self-ligating braces — A world without elastic ties!
Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. These clips help reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and require fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace. The Damon System facilitates healthy tooth movement with complete control. By combining passive self-ligation and high-tech archwires, we can minimize discomfort and create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime!
We Are a Certified Invisalign Provider
Consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted – without braces. A complimentary consultation with our doctor can determine if Invisalign is right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign.
Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
How does it work?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit us about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
Conventional vs. Digital Impressions
No more goop, gagging, or discomfort. Using an iTero scanner, your orthodontist can take a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth and jaw. The new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions, where the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, broken, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.
3D Imaging of Your Face, Teeth, and Jaw
The i-CAT FLX is a cone beam 3D system, meaning that with one image, we are able to generate a 3D rendering of the face, teeth, and jaws. The image itself is captured in 4.8 seconds, and eliminates the need for any other images to be taken in our office.
With the i-CAT FLX 3D image, we are able to clearly visualize the teeth, roots, and sinuses, and in turn, have greater flexibility in planning and treatment choices. The radiation dose of one iCAT image is less than 1/10th the radiation you receive of being in the sun all day, and it is much less than the traditional digital panoramic and lateral ceph x-rays that we have used in the office up to this point! With our new i-CAT FLX, our patients will be able to gain a greater understanding of their own anatomy, conditions, and treatment. It will also be a great tool for us to communicate with the other members of your dental team—including your general dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist, and others.
Anthony Patel Orthodontics is proud to be one of the very few orthodontic offices in DFW to currently utilize the i-CAT FLX imaging system. We are so excited to consistently bring new technological advances to our office—exceeding the standard of care and providing for a more patient-friendly dental imaging experience.
Maintain Your New Smile
It took time, effort, and investment to create your confident and beautiful smile. To make sure it lasts, consider Vivera® retainers from the makers of Invisalign®. Whether you’ve used Invisalign or traditional wire braces, you can benefit from Vivera retainers.
Importance of Retainers
Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment, but is one that can easily be overcome. Wearing Vivera retainers after traditional braces or Invisalign treatment means you are keeping your teeth in their new position and protecting your smile and investment.
Why Choose Vivera Retainers
Vivera retainers are custom made for you with the same state-of-the-art technology used to make Invisalign aligners. Because the retainers are custom made from an impression or scan of your teeth, you will benefit from a precise fit and therefore more comfortable fit.
Vivera’s proprietary material is 30% stronger*, which helps maintain your teeth in the desired position. It also reduces the risk of the retainer cracking or breaking, which means a more durable retainer that you can count on.
Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Anthony Patel Orthodontics helps many children stop their thumb sucking habit. Thumb sucking has many negative orthodontic effects on children including an open bite and constricted upper jaw. The function of thumb sucking actually changes the form of the upper jaw as it grows. Form follows function. The sooner your child stops thumb sucking, the better! Contact us for a free consultation, and we'll help prevent your child's thumb sucking habit.
How Can My Child Stop Thumb Sucking On Their Own?
There are a few different methods to stop Thumb Sucking on your own. The first is putting something foul tasting on your child’s thumb. Make sure that whatever you apply is non-toxic and won’t harm the child if ingested. For example, a few of our patients have tried Mavala Stop to apply to the child’s thumb.
Other methods that our patients have tried include Thumb Guards. These are plastic guards that cover the thumb. These guards can be wrapped around the wrist, making it difficult for your child to remove. Dr. Patel recommends that patients come in for a consultation in order to determine the best treatment option for thumb sucking.
What Can Anthony Patel Orthodontics Do To Help Stop Thumb Sucking?
We have found that Habit Appliances are the best deterrent when it comes to thumb sucking. These are appliances that are temporarily cemented into your child’s mouth, and will stay in place until the habit stops. This is a great solution as it is semi-permanent in that once the habit stops the habit appliance can be removed. We do recommend a minimum of 4 months to ensure the likelihood of relapse is completely removed.
Though you may find these suggestions helpful to stop your child from sucking their thumb we still recommend that you bring your child in for a free consultation. It’s possible that their habit has already led to orthodontic issues and thus important that they are treated sooner rather than later.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. (“Apnea” is the Greek word for “without breath.”) If you suffer from sleep apnea, each time your breathing stops, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Because the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it – and many think they are getting a good night’s sleep. However, the constant wake-sleep-wake-sleep cycle precludes the deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, give us a call, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist.
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
Loud snoring at night
Waking up at night short of breath
Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
Headaches upon waking in the morning
Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Are there different types of sleep apnea?
There are three categories of sleep apnea. The most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. Less common is central sleep apnea (CSA), in which breathing stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signal from the brain. And some people suffer from “mixed” or “complex” sleep apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central.
What are risk factors for sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in males than females, and more common in older adults (40 and up) than younger adults and children. However, anyone – regardless of gender or age – can suffer from sleep apnea. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, drinking, use of sedatives or tranquilizers, high blood pressure, and family history. Central sleep apnea strikes most often in people with heart disorders, neuromuscular disorders, strokes, or brain tumors. It is also more common in males.
Is sleep apnea dangerous?
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem and if left untreated can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems at work or school, as well as danger when operating cars or other heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medication or surgery: sedation by anesthesia can be risky, as can lying flat in bed after an operation. If you know or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, alert any doctors who prescribe medication or advise surgery.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Treatments range widely and depend on the severity of the problem and the type of apnea. Basic treatment can be behavioral – for instance, patients are instructed to lose weight, stop smoking, or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Beyond that, oral devices can be used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage.
What should I do if I suspect that someone in my family suffers from sleep apnea?
Give us a call, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may recommend a “sleep study” to diagnose the precise extent of the problem, and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on your situation, treatment may involve an oral device that we can custom-create for you.