June 21st, 2018
For more than a century, braces have helped patients achieve straighter teeth, and treatment methods continue to emerge. Today, braces have the potential to be discreet while still producing great results.
If you want straighter teeth without the look of traditional metal braces, Dr. Betsy Meade can offer multiple options to give you the smile of your dreams.
Clear aligners use a series of custom-made trays that shift teeth gradually into place. For patients who need mild-to-moderate corrections, this can be a great option.
Aside from being clear, another benefit is that you can change these aligners at home instead of having to visit our Ypsilanti, MI office every few weeks. They can even be removed while you eat and clean your teeth!
If you wear the aligners as instructed, you could have straighter teeth in about six to 12 months.
Like traditional braces, Incognito™ lingual braces are attached to teeth. The difference is that they are attached to the back of your teeth so you won’t be able to see them.
This is an appealing option for patients who need moderate-to-severe corrections. The braces are non-removable and will be adjusted during your regular orthodontic visits. They yield highly successful results.
If you want a straighter smile but are not sure whether you are a candidate for either of these options, give Dr. Betsy Meade a call today! Our Ypsilanti, MI team would be happy to identify the best treatment option for your needs.
June 14th, 2018
Orthodontic treatment should begin earlier than most parents are apt to assume. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, orthodontic treatment should start at around seven years of age.
Dr. Betsy Meade can evaluate your child’s existing and incoming teeth early on to determine whether treatment might be necessary or not.
What is early orthodontic treatment?
Early orthodontic treatment usually begins when a child is eight or nine years old. In stage one, bite problems such as underbites and the jaw’s growth pattern are corrected. It can also help to make room in the mouth for the permanent teeth to take their proper places as they come in, which reduces the chance that the patient will require extractions later, due to overcrowding.
Does your child need early orthodontic treatment?
If you notice any of the following characteristics in your son or daughter, you may want to have a chat with Dr. Betsy Meade.
- Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
- Late loss of baby teeth (after age five or six)
- Your child’s teeth do not meet properly or at all
- Your child is a mouth breather
- Front teeth are crowded (you probably wouldn’t see this until your child is about seven or eight)
- Protruding teeth, typically in the front
- Biting or chewing difficulties
- A speech impediment
- Your child’s jaw shifts when he or she opens or closes the mouth
- Your child is older than five years and still sucks a thumb
What are the benefits of seeking orthodontic treatment early?
There are many benefits to early orthodontic treatment. One of the biggest is that, because a child’s jaw and bones are soft and pliable, corrective procedures such as braces can work much faster than they do for adults.
Treatment at our Ypsilanti, MI office can enable your child to avoid lengthy procedures, extraction, or surgery in adulthood. Early orthodontic care will give your son or daughter a healthy, stable smile.
June 11th, 2018
Happy Father’s Day!
When it comes to dads, it seems as if there isn’t anything they can’t do. From the very beginning they love us unconditionally, become our first teachers, sturdy us during our failures, and provide valuable fatherly advice. Fathers are so important in our lives and with Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d take a moment to celebrate just how special they are!
For Haley, her dad is an important part of her life. He’s taught her how to stick up for herself, and taught her respect and compassion. He’s always around when she needs help with anything! One of her favorite memories of her dad is when she picked out different songs for him to teach her on the piano. She loves how much of a hard worker he is and how he’s always put his family first.
To honor all the dads out there we will be handing out donuts in the office on June 13th! Please bring your dad by for his very own donut!
June 7th, 2018
If you are planning on taking a vacation this summer, we ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may schedule your summer appointments more efficiently. We also encourage patients and their parents to be proactive in determining when they make their summer appointments.
If you will be gone for an extended period (more than six weeks), we recommend you visit Meade Orthodontics prior to leaving and schedule another visit shortly after your return. Lastly, please remember not to indulge in hard, sticky, and chewy treats while enjoying your vacation. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your adventures!