Treatment Options

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Early Treatment

Early orthodontic treatment can prevent future jaw and facial appearance. We understand each child is unique and so is their early treatment program. We work closely with you during treatment to ensure appointments are as convenient as possible to minimize time out of school.

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Adult Treatment

Adults are excellent candidates for orthodontic treatment. We offer flexible appointments that can work with your schedule and affordable monthly payment plans that work with any budget. By offering the latest technology, treatments are quicker and more comfortable.

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Surgical Treatment

Oral and maxillofacial surgery may be recommended to help achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted. While it is not necessary for every patient, Dr. Mahaffey works closely with the top oral surgeons in the area to ensure the best quality care.

Early Treatment

At Mahaffey Orthodontics, we know kids grow at different rates. That also includes their teeth and jaws, which sometimes don’t fit together properly. This can cause a variety of problems in the future such as:

  • Unbalanced profile

  • Overbites and underbites

  • Overlapping or crowded teeth

  • Open mouth breathing

  • Speech problems

The best time to correct these problems is when your child is young. Early orthodontic treatment typically begins at age 7. At this young age, Dr. Mahaffey is able to influence the growth of the teeth and jaws, which are growing quickly.

If your child is around 7 years old, we recommend scheduling a complimentary evaluation with Dr. Mahaffey and our skilled team of smile experts. During this free exam, you will have a chance to see our state-of-the-art practice, meet our friendly team members, and Dr. Mahaffey will take time to evaluate your child’s profile, jaws, muscles, and teeth using the most advanced technology available, like 3D scanning technology, to evaluate if treatment is recommended. If treatment is not recommended, we will continue to monitor your child’s growth at no charge until treatment may be necessary.

Adult Treatment

Orthodontics is not just for kids and teens! 1 in 5 patients in orthodontic treatment is an adult. There are many benefits to straightening your teeth and improving your jaw alignment that go beyond the renewed self-confidence you’ll have with a beautiful smile.

Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to periodontal problems, tooth decay (cavities), irregular tooth wear, and possibly even TMJ pain. Orthodontic treatment for adults with Invisalign or traditional braces may improve the health of your teeth, gums and surrounding bone structure. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and may improve your overall oral health.

BENEFITS OF TREATMENT 

Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment in many ways. These include:

  • Align the teeth to create a more aesthetic and beautiful smile

  • Correct relapse after previous orthodontic treatment due to lack of long term retainer wear

  • Improve the ability to brush and floss, especially for crowded or overlapping lower front teeth

  • Create a better or more comfortable bite and ability to chew

  • Address missing teeth

  • Close spaces between the teeth

  • Reduce excessive wear on the teeth due to grinding or poor bite

  • Jaw surgery to correct discrepancy between the upper and lower jaws


Surgical Treatment

Severe corrections including malocclusion (bad bites) and jaw bone irregularities may require surgical orthodontics; or orthognathic surgery. Surgical orthodontics treats complex circumstances that include the mouth, skull, jaw, and face. If surgical orthodontics is required, your orthodontist will let you know. Dr. Mahaffey work directly with the top oral and facial surgeons in the area to make sure you receive the best in quality care.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery can be used to correct various diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws, and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty, and it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association.

Common oral surgery procedures include:

  • Corrective jaw surgery

  • Wisdom teeth removal

  • Cleft palate

  • Facial trama

  • TMJ

  • Implants

While surgery is not required for every patient, Dr. Mahaffey and his team can provide more information on your customized treatment plan through a free smile evaluation to assess the best treatment option for you.