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Spannhake Philosophy

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve balance and harmony between the teeth and face for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles. Orthodontic correction is possible at any age. For adults, just as for children, better dental health and improved facial appearance are the resulting benefits.

We strongly endorse interceptive care for our younger patients. The goal of interceptive care is to address and treat a problem before it gets out of hand. The idea is to shift teeth, manipulate growth, create space for unerupted teeth, break habits and prevent trauma before it is too late. Children between the ages of 7 and 10 are best suited for this sort of treatment. Treatment usually lasts 6 - 15 months, after which the child is monitored and the decision to enter the second phase of treatment is made.

Regardless of a person's age, orthodontic treatment is a change for the better. One out of four of our patients are adults. The mechanics involved in the movement of the teeth are essentially the same in adults as they are in children. Health concerns are often the primary consideration for adult treatment. Orthodontic treatment might help prevent many serious potential problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and eventual tooth loss. Orthodontic problems are not always confined to the mouth. Disorders of the Temporomandibular joints, which connect the lower jaw to the skull, may be one of the reasons why millions of people suffer from chronic headaches, earaches and facial pain. Temporomandibular disorders have a variety of causes, treatment for this disorder often includes procedures performed by an orthodontist.

We pride ourselves on our ability to treat a broad range of patients and to positively contribute to the overall health of our patients, regardless of age.




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