Early Treatment

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! :)

How Much Do Braces Cost?

October 16th, 2017

You may have heard from your dentist that you or your child should get checked by an orthodontist. There are many questions that may come to mind (What type of braces? Am I a candidate for Invisalign? How long will it take?) but the main one I hear is: How much do braces cost?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for that question. The cost of braces depends on many factors: type of braces, whether Invisalign is a good option, length of treatment, complexity of the case, and if there are any additional appliances needed. Generally braces/orthodontics can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on those factors but most likely it falls somewhere in between.

The good news is that we accept almost all insurance plans and are in-network for many more (Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Delta, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, TRICARE, Unicted Concordia, and United Healhtcare).

We also work with your budget to offer very affordable payment plans with low down payments to make the investment in your smile a little easier.  Cost shouldn't have to be something that prevents you from achieving the smile you or your child deserve, and we will help you achieve that goal!

Please contact us today at 262-577-5242 to set up a free consultation.

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

July 5th, 2017

The most frequent question I hear from parents and friends is "When should my child first see an orthodontist?" While some people think it should be when all the adult teeth have erupted, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing an orthodontist no later than age 7.  The reason we recommend having your child get checked around age 7 is that there could be many problems involved with emerging teeth and jaw growth that need to be addressed.

The initial check-up may reveal that your child's teeth and jaws are developing normally and do not need any early treatment. On the other hand, the check-up may reveal that there is something that needs to be addressed orthodontically early on with braces or other appliances.  Several reasons for early treatment include teeth coming in the wrong way, missing teeth, severe jaw discrepancies, crossbites, teeth predisposed to injury, and severe crowding.  Fixing these problems early on can help minimize or even eliminate orthodontic treatment later in life.

Give us a call at 262-577-5242 for a free consultation at our Pleasant Prairie/Kenosha office. We will let you know whether your child is in need of orthodontic treatment or it is best just to wait. Either way, we promise to treat your children the way we would treat our own.

Nick Valeri, DDS, MS