Incorrect bone growth or formation is usually the underlying problem for most orthodontic patients. Phase I treatment is to make the bones grow or form better. The bones may have incorrect size, shape, proportion, or symmetry Often the upper and lower jaw sizes do not match. Sometimes the bones are too small and in order to fit the teeth. When the bones do not match the bite is usually off and the face is not as attractive as it could be.
When the bones grow better and in the correct formation, there is more room for the teeth to fit in so we can save all of your teeth. When there is not enough room for the teeth, the teeth are crooked and it may be impossible to completely clean them food gets caught in between the teeth and causes infections. This can result in all types of problems including cavities, declassifications, and gum disease. Perhaps the biggest problem to worry about is periodontal disease where the bone that holds the teeth in the mouth disintegrates and the teeth fall out. The bones get infected. These infections can travel through the blood to different organs. If it gets to the heart it can be extremely dangerous.
A. Phase I treatment is that helps fix the bite so we usually do not need to pull the teeth or do surgery. The Upper and Lower jaws need to match so chewing is efficient when you bite. Efficient and effective chewing can lead to better nutrition, better health and a longer happier life.
B. Finally, the best thing is that when the bones grow better the face will look better and look more attractive.
Different appliances can be used to guide the bones to grow properly. We use the very best made appliances customized to each of our individual patients. These appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. They are the very best quality so they don’t need to be adjusted often.
The cost of neglecting dental care can be huge in the long run. Dentistry is one field of medicine where if you invest money in the present you can actually end up spending much, much less in the long run.
Dr. David J. Rudolph, D.D.S., M.S., Ph. D
Specializing in Orthodontics and TMJ Therapy
Phone: 1 (818) 718-1737