Define orthodontics.
A specialty of dentistry concerned the correction of malalignment jaws and/or dentition.

When should an individual visit an orthodontist?

As soon as he/she suspects a problem with the alignment of his/her jaw and/or teeth.

When should orthodontic treatment be initiated?

When an orthodontic treatment can be completed in the most efficient and effective manner.

What is an orthodontist?

Dr. Fowler is a Board Certified Orthodontist who received his certificate in Orthodontics from the Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester. An orthodontist is a dentist who received an additional 2-3 year education in an accredited university orthodontic program. Only dentists with this education qualify for membership in the American Association of Orthodontists and are eligible take the strenuous testing process to become Board Certified by American Board of Orthodontics.

You want to choose an orthodontist who you believe will provide you with excellent care in a friendly environment.

Why do individuals seek orthodontic treatment?

Most people seek orthodontic care because they do not like malposition of their jaws or teeth. These concerns are related to an individuals’ facial features and may create self-esteem issues. People who feel they look good, feel good. If they feel good, they do better.

At what age should a child have an orthodontic consultation?

The American Association Orthodontists suggest children visit an orthodontist as early as age 7. It is important to provide treatment in the most effective and efficient manner and those who are not ready for treatment will be periodically re-examined.

Do Adults qualify for orthodontic treatment?

Yes. A significant percentage of orthodontic patients are adults. Invisible and tooth color braces are available.

How long do I to have braces?

Most orthodontic treatments take 18-24 months. However, there are those who require less or more treatment time.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

Maintaining an orthodontic result is very important. Our orthodontic practice suggests a life long retention program.

Are there instructions on how to take care of my braces?

Once the braces are place, we will provide you with eating, bushing, and treatment instructions.

Why are my friends being treated in two phases? Do I have to have braces twice?

There was a period of time when most orthodontists believed that early treatment (Phase I) enhanced the comprehensive phase (Phase II) of orthodontic treatment. Evidence based research has concluded, with few exceptions, comparable results can be obtained with one comprehensive treatment. The initial phase of a two phase treatment contributes little, if any, to an orthodontic result. The experience of our orthodontic practice concurs with these conclusions.

In addition to the answer to the previous question, what are benefits of performing one comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

One comprehensive orthodontic treatment is the most efficient and effective method of treatment. In most instances, the duration of treatment is significantly shorter, there are fewer appointments, you do not have to experience unnecessary treatment, and the risks associated with orthodontic treatment are reduced. Also, the expense of a two phase treatment is more costly.

Are there situations when early treatment is appropriate?

There are always rare exceptions to the rules. Interceptive orthodontics can be performed when an orthodontist believes he/she may be able to intercept an orthodontic problem with the intent of eliminating the need for additional treatment. There may be an instance, when it is necessary to perform limited orthodontic treatment to address concerns that require immediate actions.

For addition questions, please contact our office (440) 974-9055. We are proud to offer effective orthodontic treatment to those in Eastlake, Willowick, Willoughby Hills, Painesville Township, and the surrounding areas.