Dr. Tetz has been treating children, youth, and adult orthodontic problems, with braces, for over 25 years. No matter if you're new to town or you are from the area, the orthodontic offices of Dr. James Tetz are a welcoming place for braces for yourself and for your young ones. Our Mission is To Change A Smile and Change A Life.
Dr. Tetz is fortunate and blessed to work with a highly experienced orthodontic staff. They are truly exceptional in their orthodontic work. They care deeply about the success of the patient, both in orthodontics and in life.
And we enjoy getting to know the parents during treatment because parents are welcome to be with their children during treatment! We want the parents to understand the treatment and to be engaged in the treatment of the patients. As with academics in school, the patient has the greatest chance of success when the parents stay committed and engaged with the patient's brushing, oral hygiene, cooperation, and appointments. After starting treatment, parents are given an exclusive cell number for texting the office, in order to enhance communication with our exceptional staff. It takes engaged parents and an exceptional staff to increase the chance of success for the patient's orthodontic treatment - and success in life.
Our exceptional staff is very interested in not only the orthodontic success of our patients, but also total life successes and experiences of the patients. We encourage discussion about academic subjects in school, travel experiences, sports, community service, leadership experiences, reading, books, 4H, museums, art galleries, dance, and special family times. And many more subjects! There are no tv's in the office to distract us from our discussion with, and focus on, the patient. We do have free WiFi for work and entertainment for those family members waiting. There is also a special reading and conference room available by request in the Springfield office, for parents who need a private area to work while waiting.
Patient comfort is a primary concern in our orthodontic office. So, we do not use headgear or appliances that pull the jaw joint apart; on children (or adults either).
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children have their first DENTAL exam by age 2 or by the eruption of their first teeth. The ADA also recommends the first
ORTHODONTIC examination by age 7. There are several good reasons for these recommendations. The primary (baby) teeth must be maintained in a good and healthy condition so that they maintain and hold the space for the permanent teeth. Very serious impactions of permanent teeth, which threatens loss of permanent teeth, can occur if there is space loss. Many serious orthodontic problems need treatment as early as age 7. There are destructive overbites, crossbites, deepbites, and crowding. Please note that minor and some moderate problems should Not be corrected at a young age, and should wait for braces as a teenager. We will help determine the timing of treatment for you.
Getting kids to brush their teeth has been a struggle as old as dentistry. We have some proven tips and suggestions to help your children develop good habits. Good brushing and good dental health is absolutely essential for orthodontic treatment during braces. We have high expectations in our practice for good oral hygiene. We will not start a patient for braces if they have poor oral hygiene. They must have good oral hygiene before orthodontic treatment and must maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. We encourage and expect parents to stay engaged and help with oral hygiene when necessary.
The most common ages for full braces are ages 12 to 14. This is usually the optimal age for braces because of the rapid growth in the early teenage years. And we encourage all patients to continue seeing their dentist for checkups and cleanings during braces.
Many adults would also like a nice smile! For many adults we also work closely with their periodontist during braces.
Dental visits to the patient's dentist is encouraged and required while the patient is having orthodontic treatment. The patient still needs checkups and cleanings with braces, at their dentist's office. In fact, it is advised for the patient to see the dentist more often during orthodontic treatment; as often as every 3-6 months. Adults under the care of a periodontist must also see their periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
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