Two-Phase Treatment

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we understand that every smile is unique, and so is every orthodontic journey. For certain patients, especially children, two-phase orthodontic treatment may be recommended to address orthodontic issues effectively. Here, we delve into what two-phase orthodontic treatment entails and why it may be the ideal solution for your child’s smile.

Two girls smiling with matching overalls after two phase treatment at Ward Orthodontics.

What is Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment, also known as interceptive orthodontics, involves two stages of orthodontic treatment, each serving a specific purpose.

  • Phase One This initial phase typically begins between the ages of 7 and 10, when a child still has a mix of primary (baby) and permanent teeth. Phase One focuses on addressing orthodontic issues such as overcrowding, crossbites, and jaw discrepancies. By intervening early, orthodontists can guide the growth and development of the jaws, creating a more favorable environment for the eruption of permanent teeth.
  • Phase Two The second phase of treatment typically occurs once most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually around ages 11 to 13. Phase Two focuses on fine-tuning the alignment of the teeth to create a straight, healthy smile. This phase often involves the use of braces or clear aligners to achieve optimal alignment and bite function.

Why Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

Two-phase orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits for children with certain orthodontic issues:

  • Early Intervention By addressing orthodontic issues early during Phase One, orthodontists can guide the growth of the jaws and create space for permanent teeth, reducing the need for more invasive treatment later on.
  • Improved Bite Function Correcting bite problems and jaw discrepancies during Phase One can help improve bite function and reduce the risk of future dental problems, such as TMJ disorders or excessive wear on the teeth.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics Phase Two of treatment focuses on achieving a straight, aesthetically pleasing smile, boosting your child’s confidence and self-esteem as they enter adolescence.
  • Reduced Treatment Time By addressing certain orthodontic issues early, two-phase orthodontic treatment may shorten the overall duration of treatment needed during Phase Two, leading to faster and more efficient results.

At Ward Family Orthodontics, our experienced orthodontists specialize in two-phase orthodontic treatment for children, providing personalized care and attention to each patient. If you believe your child may benefit from two-phase orthodontic treatment, request a consultation today to explore your options and set them on the path to a lifetime of smiles!

TMJ/TMD Treatment

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we understand the discomfort and disruption that Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ/TMD) can bring into your life. These conditions, affecting the joint that connects your jaw to the skull, can lead to a range of symptoms from jaw pain and headaches to difficulty in chewing and even locking of the jaw joint. Our dedicated team is committed to providing effective TMJ/TMD treatments, tailored to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders encompass a variety of conditions that affect the functioning of the jaw joint and the muscles responsible for jaw movement. Symptoms of TMJ/TMD can vary widely but often include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching pain around and in the ear
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth

These symptoms can be temporary or last for many years, significantly impacting daily activities and overall well-being.

Our Approach to TMJ/TMD Treatment

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD. Our treatment plans are developed based on a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, medical history, and a detailed examination of your jaw and bite. We utilize the latest in diagnostic technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Our treatment options are non-invasive and designed to relieve pain, restore function, and prevent further damage to the jaw joint. Depending on your specific needs, treatment may include:

  • Oral Appliances Custom-made oral appliances, such as splints or night guards, can help to alleviate pressure on the jaw joints and muscles, reducing pain and preventing teeth grinding.
  • Orthodontic Treatment In some cases, misalignment of the teeth and jaw can contribute to TMJ/TMD symptoms. Orthodontic treatments can help to correct these issues, relieving symptoms and improving jaw function.
  • Therapeutic Exercises Specific exercises can help to strengthen the jaw muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Modifications Simple changes in daily habits, such as avoiding gum chewing, practicing stress-reduction techniques, and adopting proper posture, can also help in managing TMJ/TMD symptoms.

Choosing Ward Family Orthodontics means selecting a partner who is deeply invested in your comfort and health. Our experienced orthodontic specialists are passionate about helping our patients find relief from TMJ/TMD symptoms through personalized care and advanced treatment options. We are committed to providing a supportive and understanding environment where you can feel confident in your path to recovery.

If you’re struggling with symptoms of TMJ/TMD, don’t wait any longer to seek help. Contact Ward Family Orthodontics today to request a consultation. Our team is ready to assess your condition, answer your questions, and start you on the path to relief and improved quality of life. Together, we can work towards a future free from TMJ/TMD discomfort.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of people, causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. This condition not only disrupts sleep quality but also poses significant health risks if left untreated. At Ward Family Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing effective sleep apnea treatment options that improve your sleep, health, and overall quality of life. Our expert team is here to help you breathe easier and sleep better.

Sleep apnea can manifest in various forms, with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) being the most common. OSA occurs when throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep. Key symptoms include loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating.

Our Approach to Sleep Apnea Treatment

The team at Ward Family Orthodontics adopts a comprehensive and personalized approach to diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Recognizing the unique needs of each patient, we offer tailored solutions designed to address the specific causes and symptoms of your sleep apnea.

Our treatment process begins with a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history, symptoms, and possibly a sleep study conducted in collaboration with sleep specialists.

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we are committed to improving your health and well-being through comprehensive and compassionate care. Our experienced team utilizes the latest technologies and treatment methods to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. We understand the impact that sleep apnea can have on your life, and we are here to support you every step of the way towards better sleep and better health.

Surgical Orthodontics

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we understand the profound impact a beautiful smile can have on an individual’s confidence and quality of life. For some patients, achieving this transformation requires more than traditional braces or aligners. This is where surgical orthodontics comes into play — a specialized field that combines orthodontic treatment with jaw surgery to address severe bite discrepancies, jaw bone abnormalities, and facial aesthetics. Our dedicated team is committed to providing state-of-the-art surgical orthodontic care, ensuring a seamless journey towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a complex form of treatment aimed at correcting irregularities of the jaw bones, aligning the teeth and jaws properly, and improving facial appearance. This type of surgery is usually considered when conventional orthodontic treatment cannot fully correct severe orthodontic issues. It not only enhances the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe but also has a dramatic effect on their overall facial profile.

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics is typically recommended for adult patients whose jaws have stopped growing, usually around the age of 16 for females and 18 for males. Ideal candidates for surgery may include those with:

  • Severe malocclusions (misalignments between the teeth and jaws) that cannot be corrected with braces alone.
  • Jaw growth abnormalities.
  • Facial asymmetry or discrepancies that affect chewing, speech, breathing, or appearance.
  • Chronic jaw pain or TMJ disorders related to jaw misalignment.

Our Process

  • Initial Consultation & Planning Our process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for surgical orthodontics. We use advanced imaging technology to assess your jaw alignment and work closely with oral and maxillofacial surgeons to develop a customized treatment plan.
  • Pre-Surgical Orthodontic Treatment Before surgery, patients often undergo orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners to move the teeth into a more favorable position. This phase typically lasts 6-18 months, preparing your teeth for optimal alignment post-surgery.
  • Orthognathic Surgery Performed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital setting, the surgery involves repositioning the jaws to improve their function and appearance. Recovery time varies, but most patients return to their normal activities within a few weeks.
  • Post-Surgical Orthodontic Treatment After surgery, you will continue wearing braces for a period. This phase allows us to fine-tune your bite and ensure your teeth stay in their new, correct positions.
  • Retention Once your braces are removed, we will provide a retainer to maintain your new smile and bite alignment.

At Ward Family Orthodontics, we are passionate about creating life-changing smiles through personalized care and cutting-edge treatments. Our collaborative approach ensures that every aspect of your surgical orthodontic treatment is meticulously planned and executed for optimal results. We pride ourselves on our commitment to patient comfort, clear communication, and exceptional outcomes.

If you’ve been told you need jaw surgery or believe surgical orthodontics could be the solution to your smile concerns, contact Ward Family Orthodontics today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to guide you through every step of the process, from initial consultation to your final, stunning smile. Together, we can achieve remarkable transformations that go beyond aesthetics, improving your health, function, and self-esteem.