i-CAT is a sophisticated Dental Imaging System that creates a high resolution 3-D image of the patients’ teeth and jaws. The image allows the doctor and patients to see a visual diagnosis of the bones, teeth, nerves, sinuses, airway and structure of the head, face, neck and jaw. Since 2009 we are the only orthodontic office in Grayson county to utilize this cutting-edge technology. We value it most by its ability to help us provide the most advanced patient care, the best diagnosis for you or your child’s condition and reduced treatment times.
Orthodontists can screen their adult and young patients to determine if they may be at a greater risk for developing OSA. Simple interventions such as maxillary expansion at an early age may open the upper airway, allow for greater nasal airflow, and make room for the tongue. The creation of space for the tongue allows the lower jaw to grow normally while increasing airflow in the back of the mouth.
In adults, creating more room for the tongue with dento-alveolar expansion and or forward repositioning of the lower jaw may increase airflow. Dr. Caskey can evaluate the airway in three-dimensions to identify the possible areas of obstruction. This will help determine the best treatment available to you.
AcceleDent is a light, comfortable, and hands-free appliance that is used 20 minutes per day as a complement to braces to accelerate tooth movement. The patented technology gently vibrates the teeth and surrounding bone, allowing teeth to move more freely. The best part of the AcceleDent System is that it’s completely safe! You may experience a slight tingling sensation, much like that of the vibration of an electric toothbrush, but it should diminish after you become accustomed to using the appliance.
The area in which a TAD is placed is first numbed with a powerful, topical anesthetic gel and then with a device that places a puff of anesthetic through the gum tissue into the bone–no needles are used. With the patient numb, our doctors place the small TAD directly through the gum tissue into the bone. Most patients feel a little pressure when the TAD is placed and some feel this during the day of placement. Tylenol or Ibuprofen are recommended for the day of placement, and patients report no pain or pressure the day after placement. The TAD is gently brushed twice a day with antimicrobial rinse that we provide during its use. The TAD is removed when orthodontic treatment is completed or the TAD is no longer needed. It takes less than a minute to remove and is painless.
A common example of orthodontic anchorage is the situation when the orthodontist wants to pull in your front teeth that are sticking out. He uses the back molar teeth to help him because they are large, multirooted, and generally move very little when they are used to pull back the front teeth. The molar teeth are fairly well anchored in your jaw; however, any tooth still moves in response to the “equal and opposite force.” A simple way to think about TAD anchorage:
A fisherman is sitting in a row boat and has caught a very large fish. If he has thrown an anchor overboard (TAD), and is strapped into the boat, he can, in time, reel the fish (tooth) in toward the boat without being pulled out to sea, or the boat moving from its original position.
Soft Tissue Recontouring A
Soft Tissue Recontouring B
Soft Tissue Recontouring C
The orthodontist initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.
We embrace the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be complete before jaw surgery can be performed (jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years with girls and 18 with boys), however it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.
Lateral Incisors Implant A
Lateral Incisors A
Surgical Orthodontics A