Orthodontics 101

Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve your overall smile and oral health.  Trained in orthodontics, Dr. Mancia will diagnose, treat, and prevent anomalies of the teeth and bite through orthodontic treatment.  Treatment will encompass the use of braces or orthodontic aligners.  These devices are used to straighten teeth, correct irregular bite, close gaps and bring teeth and lips into proper alignment.

Crooked teeth that do not fit together properly are harder to clean and are at risk of being lost early because of tooth decay or periodontal disease.


If you notice any of these signs in your child or yourself, it is a good time to schedule a consultation with our office: 

  • Late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Thumb sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Protrusion
  • Speech difficulty
  • Teeth that meet/ align in an abnormal way
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Phase 1 Orthodontics (Children’s orthodontic care)

Orthodontic problems can become obvious in a child’s smile from a young age.  Providing treatment when they have all or most of their adult teeth, we can help avoid severe problems in the future.  This process is known as Phase-1 orthodontics.  The treatment will be tailored specifically to your child’s developmental needs. We may use either removable oral appliances or recommend at-home interventions for issues like thumb sucking.

Phase 2 Orthodontics (Children’s orthodontic care)

At second phase orthodontic care, the goal is to make sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth/ jaw.  When this is achieved, your teeth will function together properly. Phase two usually involves treatment of upper and lower braces.

At the beginning of phase 1, we diagnosed and plan for phase 2treatment plan. Certain types of orthodontic appliances are used in phase one to correct and realign the teeth and jaw.  Second phase begins when all permanent teeth have erupted, and usually requires braces on all the teeth for an average of 18-24 months. Retainers are worn after treatment in order to ensure your child preserves his or her beautiful smile.

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