Cooney & Tyner Orthodontics

Space Maintainer Treatment Steps for Patients with Braces

The team at Cooney & Tyner orthodontics want you to know what to expect while you’re receiving treatment for your smile. Get to know the six steps associated with space maintainer treatment for patients with braces:

Step 1: 3D digital imaging of your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: 3D Imagining

Step 2: Placement of Separators (Spacers) in between the back teeth approximately one week prior to placing the appliances to maintain space for them to fit comfortably.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: Placing of Seperators

Step 3: Removal of Separators and placement of the Space Maintainers (Upper: Nance, Lower: Lingual Arch). This is a time where we will see you back for periodic checks to evaluate the eruption of the teeth. This time frame is dependent on each patient’s biology and how fast or slow the teeth are growing in.

Placement of Space Maintainers

Step 4: The 3D Digital Imaging is updated.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: 3D Imagining

Step 5: The Space Maintainers are removed and the top braces are placed. The bottom braces are generally placed a few months after the top. Many times rubber bands will be necessary to settle the bite into a correct and healthy position. You will then be seen every few months for braces adjustments until the desired tooth and bite position is acquired.

Placement of Braces

Step 6: Removal of all brackets and placement of upper and lower clear plastic retainers. Retainers will be worn full time for a few days, then 12hrs a day for a year, then night time for a lifetime to stabilize and maintain your hard work.

Orthodontic Treatment Step: Placement of Clear Retainers

Have questions about the best orthodontic treatment for you? Contact our experienced orthodontic team via phone / email or schedule a complimentary consultation today!

We provide the highest quality orthodontic care to Albany's Capital Region from two convenient locations in Troy & Ballston Lake, New York. We are the Top Invisalign Orthodontist in the area.

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