orthodontic treatment

All About Orthodontics

Dr. Raineri’s first priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in Liverpool and Baldwinsville,  New York as well as the surrounding areas. Using proven state-of-the-art technology, Drs. Raineri and DiCosimo Orthodontics is able to complete orthodontic treatment in the most comfortable and efficient way possible. We are able to ensure that each patient receives a healthy and happy smile that will last a lifetime.

Most of the orthodontic treatment offered at Raineri and DiCosimo Orthodontics in Liverpool fall into two main categories: Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Orthodontics Services Offered

Here at Drs. Raineri and DiCosimo Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer orthodontic services, including:

  • Clear Aligners
  • SureSmile Aligners
  • Emergency Care
  • Invisalign
  • Invisalign for Teens
  • Invisalign FAQ
  • Night Guards
  • Retention

Childhood Interceptive Orthodontics

Phase 1 orthodontics is the treatment of children aged 5 -12. Phase 1 is early intervention to reduce both the treatment time and cost of orthodontics. 80% of phase 1 treatment is completed before adult teeth are present, using natural growth to prevent crowding.

The success of Phase 1 treatment depends upon the cooperation of your child, with younger children often being more willing to wear appliances. Early orthodontic treatment creates beautiful smiles and healthy jaws, prevents snoring and speech problems, and removes the need for future extractions of permanent teeth.

Interceptive Orthodontics Heads Off Problems Early

Conventional wisdom argues that orthodontic treatment shouldn’t start until all the adult teeth have grown in, but some issues with bite, alignment, and facial development can show up long before those teeth do. That’s where interceptive or Phase 1 orthodontics comes in.

An orthodontist can help your child’s jawbones grow properly to have more room for the adult teeth and provide the structure for a healthier bite. Correcting problems like malocclusions (bad bites) as they appear makes future orthodontic treatment much faster and easier — and, in some cases, unnecessary!

Causes of Malocclusions in Children

Interceptive orthodontics seeks to correct problems with jaw growth and damage from harmful habits such as thumb sucking, nail-biting, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing. Each of these habits contributes to bite problems such as a narrow upper arch, an underdeveloped lower jaw, a deep bite, and an open bite, as well as dental crowding, which in turn can make it difficult to chew and swallow effectively and speak clearly.

The purpose of Phase 1 treatment is to stop those habits if they persist or repair the damage so that the adult teeth can grow in where they should.

Common Phase 1 Treatments

One of the most noticeable differences between Phase 1 and Phase 2 orthodontics is that Phase 1 is less focused on actual braces. Those typically come later, if they are still needed. Some of the treatments commonly used in Phase 1 include:

  • Upper jaw expansion to eliminate a crossbite
  • Expansion of one or both jaws to create more room for adult teeth
  • Early extraction of specific baby teeth to help adult teeth come in properly
  • Keeping space open for permanent teeth after premature loss of a baby tooth
  • Reduction of upper front teeth protrusion to protect from trauma

Phase 2 Orthodontics

Phase 2 Orthodontics is the treatment of adults and children 12 and older. Phase 2 straightens teeth using orthodontic braces or clear aligners. This process is most successful when it immediately follows phase 1, and generally takes 1 to 2 years. Here at Raineri and DiCosimo Orthodontics in Liverpool, we offer different types of braces to treat orthodontic problems in teens and adults.

Adults Can Get Braces Too!

If you’re out of your teens, you might think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that’s not true! Modern orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, is for
adults
as well as teens. And even if you had braces before, your teeth might still shift over time, which is another reason to consider treatment as an adult.

The Biology of Shifting Dental Alignment

So what’s actually happening on the cellular level during orthodontic treatment? Specialized cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts respond to the pressure around the periodontal membrane (the pocket of gum tissue connecting the tooth’s root to the jaw bone). Osteoclasts break down the bone tissue so that the tooth can move, while osteoblasts gradually form new bone tissue behind it. So it’s not just your teeth moving into position; your jawbones are reshaping themselves too!

Beyond Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment

Your teeth still remember where they used to be for a while after the braces come off, which is why it’s so important for you to remember to wear your retainers as directed. Retainers will help your teeth get used to their new position, and they’ll prevent unrelated shifting that happens to most people naturally over the course of time.

How Dr. Raineri Can Help

If you want to feel great about your smile and would like a consultation, please give us a quick call at (315) 457-4900 or send us a email. We would love to listen to your concerns and find a treatment plan that is perfect for you at our dental office in Liverpool, New York.