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Your Child’s Growth and Development

Achieving a beautiful smile through orthodontics is not just about well-aligned teeth. It requires that the orthodontist has a deep understanding of the intricate patterns of growth and development of the jaw. This foundation allows orthodontists to design treatment plans that are both effective and sustainable throughout a person’s life.

The Stages of Jaw Growth and Development

From the first gummy smile of an infant to the confident grin of an adult, our jaws undergo a series of predictable changes. These stages lay the groundwork for orthodontic interventions:

Infancy and early childhood: This is when primary teeth make their debut, signaling the beginning of jaw growth.

Mixed dentition stage: A transition period where baby teeth make way for permanent ones. During this stage there is a combination of both baby and permanent teeth.

Adolescence: Characterized by a growth spurt, this phase has significant implications for orthodontic treatments.

Adulthood: Growth comes to a halt, but the need for maintaining orthodontic results remains.

Friends with Braces Smile Together!

Factors Influencing Jaw Growth

Our jaws’ growth and development are influenced by a blend of genetic, environmental, and health factors:

Genetic factors: Our genes often dictate the shape, size, and relationship of our jaws.

Environmental factors: Habits like thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use can shape our oral structures.

Health factors: Conditions like nutritional deficiencies or systemic diseases can impact jaw development.

Anticipating potential orthodontic challenges early on is pivotal. By recognizing early signs of malocclusion, experienced orthodontists like Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Burke can intervene at the most opportune time, ensuring the most effective results. The benefits of timely interventions include guiding natural growth patterns to achieve optimal outcomes.

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Burke & Redford Orthodontists Braces Before and After Smile Transformation

Interplay Between Genetics and Orthodontic Needs

Our genetic blueprint plays a substantial role in how our teeth and jaws develop. But how much of our orthodontic trajectory is predetermined, and how much can be influenced by external factors? Current studies shed light on these hereditary patterns and contribute to the conversation on nature versus nurture in orthodontic outcomes.

Orthopedic Appliances and Growth Modification

Modern orthodontics boasts a suite of appliances tailored to guide and modify jaw growth:

Palatal expanders: These are used to widen the upper jaw in growing children, creating more space for teeth alignment. These devices also correct upper and lower jaw width discrepancies.

This is more than just creating space for teeth. By expanding the palate during the growth phase, orthodontists can ensure better alignment and fit of the upper and lower jaws. It is a proactive approach, addressing potential crowding and bite issues before they become more pronounced.

At Burke & Redford Orthodontists, the use of palatal expanders has transformed countless smiles, setting the stage for a healthier oral structure in adulthood.

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Palatal Expander

Functional appliances: Designed to modify jaw growth (in time) and correct bite issues.

These devices, often used during the pre-adolescent growth spurt, are designed to harness natural growth, and guide the development of the jaws. They are typically used to address large overbites. While it usually appears that the lower jaw grew significantly during functional appliance use, we are really bringing (pre-programmed) growth forward in time more than we are creating new lower jaw growth.

Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke have used these appliances with great success to ensure harmonious jaw relationships, laying the foundation for optimal bite function and aesthetics.

Timing and duration: By aligning treatments with natural growth patterns, orthodontists can achieve optimal outcomes.

This is especially true for growth modification treatments. Initiating treatment at the right time can harness natural growth spurts, making interventions more effective and often reducing treatment time.

At Burke & Redford Orthodontists, the emphasis has always been on timely interventions. By understanding each patient’s unique growth trajectory, they ensure every treatment is not just personalized but also ideally timed.

Challenges in Predicting Growth

Every individual has a unique growth story. This variability, while enriching, poses both challenges and opportunities in orthodontic care. Techniques like hand-wrist radiographs and cervical spine growth prediction analysis help in estimating future growth, but the unpredictability of growth spurts, especially during adolescence, remains a challenge.

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Jaw Misalignment

Case Studies: Growth and Orthodontic Interventions

While case studies cannot be applied to others, real-life transformations powerfully illustrate the nuanced understanding of growth and development. Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke, with their vast experience, have countless success stories that underscore the importance of understanding growth in orthodontic treatment.

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Before and After Braces Pictures with Burke & Redford Orthodontists in Temecula and Lake Elsinore, California.

Your Path to a Transformative Smile with Burke & Redford Orthodontists

Choosing to embark on an orthodontic journey demands trust, expertise, and a personalized touch. With Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke, you are more than another patient; you are part of their extended orthodontic family. The doctors’ 30 year legacy in the Inland Empire is a testament to their unwavering commitment to patient excellence.

Whether you are a concerned parent for your child or teenager who wants a smile makeover, the option for a free orthodontic consultation is available at Burke & Redford Orthodontists.

Consultation Process: Every orthodontic journey at Burke & Redford Orthodontists begins with a comprehensive examination. This is not just a clinical assessment; it is a conversation with the top orthodontists in Riverside County.

Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke invest time in understanding your concerns, preferences, and goals. By the end of the consultation, patients are equipped with a tailored treatment plan, which is designed to keep their unique needs in mind.

Requesting an Appointment: Embarking on treatment is just a call or click away. With the ease of requesting an appointment through Burke & Redford Orthodontists’ website or a direct call to their friendly staff during business hours, scheduling an appointment is seamless.

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Dr. Ryan Redford learning about orthodontics with their friend getting treated!

Preparation: Every great journey starts with a single step, and the team at Burke & Redford Orthodontists ensures it is a comfortable one. Prior to the orthodontic consultation, patients can fill out an online health history form that is secure, HIPAA compliant, and confidential. Additionally, the team encourages patients to come with any questions or concerns. This proactive approach ensures a comprehensive and fulfilling consultation experience.

Burke & Redford Orthodontists in Temecula and Lake Elsinore

Located in the heart of the Inland Empire, Burke & Redford Orthodontist’s private practice offices are landmarks of excellence. Their state-of-the-art technology and office atmosphere resonates with warmth, ensuring patients feel at home from the moment they arrive.

Call to Request a Consultation or Fill Out the Appointment Form through Our Website.

Temecula Orthodontist Office

Address: 41238 Margarita Rd Ste 101, Temecula, CA 92591

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lake Elsinore Orthodontist Office

Address: 351 Railroad Canyon Rd Ste C, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: Open 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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