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ORTHODONTICS

We do orthodontics in our office on children and adults using both removable and fixed appliances. Dr. Atkinson does orthodontics in the interceptive, comprehensive, and limited modes. We also offer the new Invisalign technique.

INTERCEPTIVE orthodontics is an extremely cost effective concept for growing children. The idea is to shape the individual’s growth so that poorly aligned teeth are straightened early so that other permanent teeth will be more likely to come in at their proper locations. Drifting permanent teeth are aligned so that they don’t get in the way of the other permanent teeth that are attempting to erupt. An eruption guiding retainer is then worn at night to encourage the unerupted teeth to come in straight. Crossbites, large overbites and large jaw discrepancies are also more easily corrected in growing children in the age 7-11 range. We literally “surf” the growth potential of the children with various appliances.

COMPREHENSIVE orthodontics involves aligning the permanent teeth in a child, adolescent or an adult. Removable and/or fixed appliances (braces) are used to put the teeth in their ideal functional and cosmetic positions. Sometimes multiple problems can be solved at the same time with comprehensive orthodontics. This type of orthodontics is done on people from 11 to 100 years old!

LIMITED orthodontics is frequently used with adults who want a specific problem fixed. The emphasis is on “fast in, fast out” treatment so that braces aren’t on forever and a day. (We figure that adults will be good about wearing their retainers!) When combined with cosmetic dentistry, limited orthodontics evolves into a COSM (cosmetic/orthodontic smile makeover). Limited orthodontics is an increasingly popular mode of treatment with our adult patients.

INVISALIGN is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates Dr. Atkinson’s instructions into this series of aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks. The aligners must be worn full time, day and night. (www.invisalign.com)

Dr. Atkinson took his orthodontic training with the United States Dental Institute at courses in Indianapolis. His courses ran from 1984-1986 and he has been doing it ever since. Dr. Atkinson is not an orthodontic specialist. About 20% of the cases that he analyzes are too complicated and must be referred to an orthodontic specialist.