Common Ortho Problems

Phase 1

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Anterior Crossbite Underbite:  Ph I - 9-12 months

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Anterior Crossbite Underbite:  Ph I - 9-12 months

Comprehensive Treatment

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Excessive Overjet:  22-28 months

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Deep Bite:  18-24 months

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Posterior Crossbite (Left):  18-24 months (RPE & braces)

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Class III – Anterior Crossbite/No Overbite: 18-24 months

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Crowding:  18-24 months

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Lower Incisor Extraction (due to relapse): 
12-19 months (with necessary extractions)

Limited Treatment

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Upper and Lower Braces,
Canine to Canine
6 months

Lower Braces,
Canine to Canine
6 months

Problem Foods

Eating proper foods, minimizing sugar intake, and getting enough sleep are essential during orthodontic treatment. Your braces are precise appliances that can be damaged by eating hard foods. Additionally, some soft and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces.

Forbidden Hard Foods:

  • Hard Candy
  • Corn Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Jerky
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Pizza Crust
  • Corn on the Cob

Forbidden Soft Foods:

  • Gum (especially bubble gum)
  • Sticky Candy (Starbursts, Sugar Daddies, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy Bears, Caramels, and Taffy)

Avoid soda pop and drinks that contain sugar. Use common sense when choosing food to put in your mouth and avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens and pencils. Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully.