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Minnesota Orthodontist Discusses Early Treatment

Minnesota Orthodontist Discusses Early Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every person visit an orthodontist by the age of 7.  By age 7, the permanent teeth in most patients are beginning to erupt.  This is a good time to evaluate facial growth pattern and dental eruption sequence, and to make sure that there are no developmental abnormalities in the growing patient.

If growth and development appear to be normal, orthodontic treatment is often not indicated until most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted.  This is usually around age 12.  In some patients, however, a developing problem becomes evident at a younger age.  Often, if caught early enough, a first phase of interceptive orthodontic treatment can be done in order to reduce or eliminate the developing problem.  Early orthodontic treatment typically lasts a year or less.  Once the developing problem has been corrected, the patient usually wears retainers during a waiting period until the rest of the adult teeth erupt.  A second phase of orthodontic treatment is often indicated in order to complete correction of the teeth and bite, and to fine tune the placement of the adult teeth once they have come in.

The majority of patients who seek orthodontic treatment do not need an early phase of treatment.  However, in patients where an early phase is indicated, complications or the need for more severe and intensive orthodontic treatment can be greatly reduced.  If you or your child would like to be evaluated for orthodontic need, please come in for a no-charge initial exam at Zapfel Orthodontics.  During this time, we can help you decide if and when orthodontic treatment should be initiated.

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View, Minnesota.

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Minnesota Orthodontist offers Invisalign

Invisalign Treatment discussed by Orthodontist at Zapfel Orthodontics

These days, many orthodontic patients are adults and people who want the benefits of orthodontic treatment without having to wear traditional metal braces.  Clear ceramic braces and Invisalign are two of the options available to patients wanting to avoid metal braces.

Clear ceramic braces work very similarly to metal brackets.  Ceramic braces are attached each individual tooth, and a wire connects the braces together in order to move each tooth into the correct position.  Ceramic braces are en excellent option for patients who desire less conspicuous yet efficient orthodontic treatment.  Many adults choose to have clear braces while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign is another type of orthodontic treatment.  Invisalign is a series of clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth.  The trays progressively straighten the teeth little by little, and each tray is worn for approximately 2-3 weeks.  The patient is in charge of changing the Invisalign trays.  Generally, there are only a few tooth-colored attachments, if any, that are used during treatment with Invisalign.  Though Invisalign is a very esthetic option for correcting certain orthodontic problems, not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign.  Some patients who begin orthodontic treatment need to finish the last steps of dental correction using clear braces.

If you are interested in treatment with either clear braces or Invisalign, please come in for a no-charge initial exam.  We would be more than happy to discuss which options are most appropriate to address your concerns.

For More Information

Please call (763) 784-0420 or visit www.ZapfelOrthodontics.com for more information or to schedule a complimentary initial examination and x-ray.  Zapfel Orthodontics is located at 1130 NE County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, MN 55432 and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities including Coon Rapids, Blaine, Fridley and Mounds View, Minnesota.



Hello from Zapfel Orthodontics!

Minnesota Orthodontists at Zapfel Orthodontics say Hello!

Welcome to the Zapfel Orthodontics blog!  Here you will find a series of blog entries designed to more thoroughly answer your questions about orthodontic treatment.  Zapfel Orthodontics is proud to offer a wide variety of services to patients of all ages, including silver braces, gold braces, clear braces and Invisalign.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), it is important for every person to visit an orthodontist by the age of 7.  By that time, adult teeth are usually beginning to erupt and growth and development of the oral cavity and surrounding structures can be monitored.  Sometimes a developing problem exists that can be helped with early orthodontic treatment.  In these cases, a more serious or complicated issue can often be avoided or minimized.

Zapfel Orthodontics is committed to offering the best orthodontic care to every patient, every day.  If you haven’ t done so already, please make an appointment for a no-charge initial evaluation.  At this appointment, we can discuss which options for treatment are indicated, if any!  Our treatment plans are custom-designed for each individual patient, and we strive to offer the highest quality of care in a comfortable and professional environment.

Please feel free to contact Zapfel Orthodontics at 763-784-0420 with any questions or comments you may have.  Thanks for reading, and please check back often for updates and more postings!