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Early Treatment with retainer to fix crossbite:

Total treatment time was about 2 months (with good cooperation) wearing a removable retainer.  He only had a retainer for his upper teeth.  The patient wore his retainer full time with the exception of eating and brushing & flossing.  He did not have braces.  He still had baby teeth in his mouth.  After his remaining permanent teeth erupted, he had a second retainer made to close the space between his front teeth.  He wore his second retainer for about 2 months also, but did not return for final photographs.  Total treatment time between two retainers was about 4 months.  He did not have braces.

Before and after

Early treatment

(some baby teeth present)

Class II Treatment with Frankel Retainer:

Early Treatment with retainer to fix crossbite:

Before & AFter Full 

Treatment

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Total treatment time was about 2 months (with good cooperation) wearing a removable retainer.  He only had a retainer for his upper teeth.  The patient wore his retainer full time with the exception of eating and brushing & flossing.  He did not have braces.  He still has baby teeth in his mouth.  After his remaining permanent teeth erupted, we will evaluate for likely further treatment with braces.  

We felt that it was an emergency to address the gingival recession (lowering of the gums) which was occurring because the lower front tooth was being pushed forward by the upper teeth that were in crossbite.

Correction of the crossbite has halted the loss of gum tissue from the lower front teeth.  This was a scenario where early treatment/phase I treatment was beneficial and was strongly recommended in order to avoid a big problem.

This page contains "Before and After" images of some of our actual patients.​

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Total treatment time was about 2 months.  We discussed the option of a retainer to fix his crossbite, but his parents were concerned that he would misplace his retainer.  He only had a braces for his upper teeth.  He might have further treatment later once his remaining permanent teeth have erupted.  He still had baby teeth at the time of this treatment.

We felt that it was important to address his crossbite in order to avoid having his lower front tooth push to the front which would likely have resulted in loss of gum tissue (like that seen in the patient above).

Correction of the crossbite has stopped the potential loss of gum tissue from the lower front teeth.  This was a scenario where early treatment/phase I treatment was beneficial and was strongly recommended in order to avoid a big problem.

Early Treatment with braces to fix crossbite:

Total treatment time was about 10 months (with good cooperation​) wearing a Frankel Retainer.  The patient wore her retainer full time with the exception of eating and brushing & flossing.  She did not have braces.  She still had baby teeth in her mouth.  Once her remaining permanent/adult teeth are in her mouth, then we will evaluate for possible further treatment.​ This was a circumstance where early treatment was advised because the patient was extremely self-conscious about her appearance.  She might have two separate phases of treatment depending on how her remaining permanent teeth are positioned once they erupt.

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​Real smiles from real patients....  Any images used on this website represent our actual patients from our community.  We do NOT use "stock photos" of unknown people provided by a web designer (which is typical not only in our community but across the nation).  We feel that it is misleading to use "stock photos" as use of such images implies that those people are actual patients.

We feel that is a matter of integrity to pledge not follow the common practice of using "stock photos"