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Orthodontic Problems to Look for in Children

November 26th, 2018

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have a check-up with an orthodontist by age 7.  While your child's teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Dr. Valeri can spot severe and subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.

It is importance to check for the following:

Anterior Crossbite: An upper front tooth is behind a lower front tooth. This can lead to tooth wear and jaw issues if not corrected.

Posterior Crossbite: An upper back tooth is on the inside of a lower back tooth. This can lead to tooth wear and jaw issues if not correct.

Crowding: Not enough room for all the teeth. This could potentially lead to impaction or extraction of teeth.

Open Bite: Front or back teeth do not touch or overlap. This can lead to eating or chewing issues.

Protrusion: Front teeth are sticking too far forward. This could lead to severe trauma and fracturing of teeth.

Ectopic Eruption: Adult teeth coming in wrong.  This could potentially damage other adult teeth or lead to tooth loss.

Complete Class III/Underbite: Lower jaw and teeth completely in front of Upper jaw. This could lead to severe jaw issues and the need for jaw surgery if not corrected.

Diastema: Severe Spacing.

Oral Habits: Unbreakable habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrust. These can cause damage to teeth and jaws.

While many of these orthodontic problems require early treatment, a check-up may reveal that your child's bite is fine and no early treatment is needed.

Please contact us at 262-577-5242 to set up a consultation with Dr. Valeri for your child or request an appointment here.



Troops to Troops

May 21st, 2018

We recently had the privilege to welcome 273 Girl Scouts into our office for our Troops to Troops promotion. Our office purchased 1,008 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from local scouts that were then sent overseas to the US Military. It was great having the Scouts in the office and the troops were so grateful to receive a taste of home! :)

Designer Ties

February 14th, 2018

Here at Valeri Orthodontics, we want to make getting braces as fun as possible! That is why we have been offering special designer ties to our patients. What are designer ties you ask?  They are a fun way to style up your braces or celebrate a holiday. We currently have hearts, stars, emoji smiley faces, shamrocks, flowers, Christmas trees, snowflakes, and stockings for your braces.

Please let us know at your next visit in our Kenosha - Pleasant Prairie office if you would like to give them a try!

Dr. Valeri

Foods to Avoid with Braces

February 2nd, 2018

"What foods should I avoid with braces?" That is one of the most popular questions I hear on a daily basis at Valeri Orthodontics.  The main gist is that you should avoid really hard, really sticky, and really sugary foods.

Hard foods can easily break brackets and bend wires, sticky foods can get stuck between the braces and tear off some of the hardware, and sugary foods can increase the risk of cavities.  It is important you avoid the following foods to help your treatment stay on track:

  • Hard bread crust and bagels
  • Popcorn with kernels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky and hard candy such as Starbursts, taffy, and jawbreakers
  • Gum
  • Chewing on ice
  • Hard chips and pretzels

Additionally, it is important that you cut up certain types of foods before eating to prevent breakage of braces and wires such as:

  • Apples and other hard fruit
  • Carrots, celery, and other raw vegetables
  • Chicken, ribs, or steak with bones
  • Corn on the cob

If you have any further questions about what foods to avoid, please contact us at our Kenosha - Pleasant Prairie location.

-Dr. Valeri