The exact type of treatment that will be required to correct your problem will obviously depend upon the information that is gained from the diagnostic investigations and the discussion with you. However, we can divide therapy into four general categories. In order to eliminate confusion, let’s briefly define these four concepts of treatment.

Functional Orthopedic Therapy:

A removable orthopaedic appliance is used to correct jaws that are growing incorrectly. A different form of appliance may be required to treat different growth problems.

Extraction Therapy:

The removal of permanent teeth in order to correct an orthodontic problem. This technique is used very selectively in this Practice as it is usually in the patient’s best interest to maintain all of the permanent teeth to have wide arches and full smiles.

Surgical Therapy:

Just as the name implies, this procedure is reserved for those patients whose bony imbalance has progressed to the point that only surgical intervention can correct the problem.

Fixed Appliance Therapy:

This is the conventional orthodontic appliance technique using fixed braces. Very small brackets are attached to each individual tooth for precise positioning of the teeth.

It should be noted that quite frequently two or more of these techniques are combined in order to achieve the desired results. Your dentist will explain to you the type of treatment that can best correct your problem.

Who is Responsible?

The treatment is a co-operative effort. It is very important that everyone involved understands his or her responsibilities in order for the treatment to be successful. Also the overall cost of the therapy is directly related to the patient’s compliance.

The Dentist

It is my role to recognize the patient’s problem and to select and apply the appropriate therapy.

The Patient

It is your responsibility to faithfully wear the appliance and to follow the instructions of the dentist.

The Parent

It is your responsibility to ensure that your child is wearing their appliance and following the appropriate instructions of the dentist. This relationship is called the “triangle of success”. When everyone does their job correctly, the results can be astounding.