Dr. Heim & Dr. Steffenhagen’s philosophy revolves around appropriate, individualized orthodontic intervention. Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen understand that you value an accurate and honest assessment and recommendation regarding your child’s dental development or your own adult dental needs. When you schedule your complimentary consultation, Dr. Heim or Dr. Steffenhagen will take the time to explain to you your or your child’s orthodontic needs, if any, and when they should be appropriately addressed.
Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen support the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommendation that all children be evaluated by an orthodontist at age 7. Many children will not need to begin treatment at this time. However, this initial evaluation remains important, as it allows for the assessment of your child’s dental development and the detection of any early orthodontic problems. After your child’s initial exam, Dr. Heim or Dr. Steffenhagen will thoroughly explain his clinical findings and review your child’s individual needs and expectations for any future treatment.
Each child’s orthodontic needs are different, but Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen feel the majority of patients are best treated with full orthodontic treatment around age 12, when all the permanent adult teeth have erupted.
However, some orthodontic problems may require early intervention. This may lead to early or interceptive treatment needs prior to your child losing all of his/her baby teeth.
Early treatment, when necessary, can provide significant benefits to the patient, thus reinforcing the importance of the initial orthodontic screening. When early intervention is required, a second phase of full orthodontic treatment can often be expected at a later time when all the adult teeth have erupted.
Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen believe that it is never too late for orthodontic treatment, as long as the teeth and supporting structures are in good health. Not only can adult treatment improve your smile and self-image, but it can also be beneficial to your overall dental health.
Orthodontic treatment can make drastic differences in the way your teeth fit together and function, improve your gingival and periodontal health, and minimize the tooth-wearing patterns over time. Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen treat many adults and are realistic in working with you to achieve the improvements you desire.
Dr. Heim and Dr. Steffenhagen’s top priority is YOU – the patient. They always put your best interest first and individualize each and every treatment plan. You will see Dr. Heim or Dr. Steffenhagen on every visit, as they are actively involved during each of your appointments. Ultimately, this leads to better continuity of care, exceptional relationships with patients, and effective communication throughout your treatment.