If you or your child needs orthodontic treatment, Dr. John R. Schouten may recommend non-extraction orthodontics in Price, Utah. With non-extraction orthodontics, the teeth are straightened without removing any permanent teeth. Our orthodontist will choose non-extraction whenever possible. Many patients have teeth that appear too large for their jaw. However, we believe that it is not the teeth that are too large; it is the jaw that is too small for the teeth. When a patient has a small jaw, the teeth become crowded and they may develop “buck” teeth. With non-extraction orthodontics, Dr. John R. Schouten will develop the patient’s jaw to make room for all of the permanent teeth.
Non-extraction orthodontics has many benefits. A patient’s smile is enhanced when the jaw is developed so that all of the permanent teeth fit properly. The smile becomes wider and more noticeable. In non-extraction orthodontics, functional appliances do most of the work. As a result, the patient will spend less time wearing braces. Expansion and development of the jawbones involves bone growth, so it has excellent retention. The four bicuspid teeth are often removed in traditional orthodontics. With non-extraction orthodontics, those teeth are saved.
Feel free to contact Schouten Orthodontics today for more information and to schedule a visit with our orthodontist.