Introduction

Orthodontics

We take pride in our ability to provide orthodontic treatment for children and adults by our certified orthodontist, Kathleen Lambert DMD.

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic and results in beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages.

Before active treatment can begin, the doctor must first complete a set of records to develop a treatment plan specific to each patient. 

Proper diagnosis involves careful study of photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions. Dr. Lambert will share with you all of her findings and recommendations at a separate, detailed review appointment. 

Outstanding results are highly dependent on maximum cooperation and coordination of care between you and our practice. We are committed to delivering the best possible service in order for you to achieve your orthodontic goals.

Whats the right age for Orthodontic Treatment?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an initial orthodontic screening at age 7. Consultations with Dr. Lambert are complimentary. 

Early evaluation isn’t necessarily followed by early treatment. In many cases we simply monitor your child’s development and growth patterns until we see that it’s time for treatment to begin. This gives us an opportunity to get the best results in the most efficient way, to help prevent future problems and to get to know you and your child better. 

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Phases of Treatment

Phase I treatment refers to a type of early intervention that creates a more ideal environment for the eruption of the permanent teeth. 

Phase I always occurs before the pubertal growth spurt and when the patient still has a combination of permanent teeth and baby teeth. It aims to address a certain set of issues and is not necessarily recommended to all patients. This phase typically lasts for 6-12 months and is followed by a period of retention. We will continually monitor their development and growth as they transition. Additional treatment may be recommended when the permanent teeth have erupted. 

Phase II treatment is a comprehensive style treatment that begins when the majority of the permanent teeth are in place. This phase will set the alignment of the teeth and the coordination of the bite into a final position. The length of a Phase II can vary anywhere from 6 to 30 months of treatment.  A variety of options are available for retention following active treatment.