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Early Intervention Non-Extraction Orthodontics

The key and the primary focus is Early Intervention. We mean as early as 5-8 years of age. The best time to address moderate to severe orthodontic/dentofacial orthopedic problems is before the baby molars start becoming loose. This typically occurs around the ages of 9 for girls and 9 and a half for boys.

What are the goals of early intervention?

1) Prevent extractions of permanent teeth.

2) Prevent impaction of upper eye teeth (Canines).

3) Develop the upper and lower jaws to create enough room to allow the permanent teeth to erupt properly.

4) Align the upper and lower jaws.

5) Encourage proper habits and tongue placement.

6) Promote nasal breathing.

7) Help alleviate symptoms of Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) through early intervention and proper specialist referrals.

8) Encourage proper growth of the developing TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) to help prevent future TMJ issues.


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The Process

The treatment is very well-tolerated by children. We take every measure to ensure that every child has a positive experience during the entire process.

Initial consultation and records appointment

Our Initial appointment will surprise you on the amount of data we collect. The appointment includes:
1) Intra-oral and Extra-oral photos
2) A Lateral Cephalometric X-Ray and Panorex to assess the developing jaws.
3) Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) screening questionnaire
4) Detailed orhtodontic/dentofacial orthopedic exam performed by Dr. Taiym. This includes reviewing the photos, x-rays, clinical presentation, OSA questionnaire and TMJ evaluation.
5) Diagnostic Impressions
6) Preliminary diagnosis and treatment plan. To be finalized after review of all data and diagnostic casts.

What are some of the ways we can correct early orthodontic/dentofacial orthopedic problems?

We use a combination of different methods to achieve a final great result.
Some of the more common examples are:
1) Expanders

How to turn your upper and lower expanders

2) Conventional braces- Once we create space by developing the upper and lower jaws, we typically place conventional braces to align the teeth to their ideal positions.

3) Myofunctional retainers such as Myobrace® to promote proper jaw growth and prevent future relapse.

4) Compassionate and fun approach. Since Dr. Taiym is a trained pediatric dentist, and our focus is on early intervention, we provide the best possible experience for our pediatric patients.