Orthodontics | Retainers | Braces | Tupelo, MS

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When you need orthodontic treatment, you want to know that you're getting the most effective treatment possible. Using the most advanced bracket systems available, you will receive treatment and personal care that you can trust when you visit North Mississippi Orthodontic Associates.

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At North Mississippi Orthodontic Associates, our goal is to create beautiful, healthy smiles in a professional and friendly setting. We will also care for your family just like we would our own family. At your first visit to our office, we will conduct a complimentary orthodontic examination and provide you with our recommendations for treatment, if it is deemed necessary. A complete diagnostic workup will then be done, which includes facial and dental photographs, study models of the teeth, panoramic and lateral cephalometric radiographs (x-rays), and a computerized facial cephalometric analysis.


At a subsequent visit, a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan will then be presented which will include a discussion of all specific orthodontic problems and review of all possible treatment options.

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Phase 1 / Phase 2


Phase 1 or early orthodontic treatment occurs when the child still has a mixture of baby and permanent teeth. The age that Phase 1 treatment is usually started is between ages 7 - 10. Phase 1 treatment ranges from 12-18 months. Many orthodontic problems can be addressed during Phase 1 treatment (see YOUR KIDS page).


Phase 2 or full orthodontic treatment occurs when all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Patients are generally ready for full treatment starting around 11-13 years old. Because dental development happens sooner with girls, they are generally ready for full treatment earlier than boys.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment


Why should I spend money on Phase 1 treatment when I can just have everything done at once when all of my child's baby teeth have fallen out?


Though many orthodontic problems can wait to be corrected when all the baby teeth have fallen out, there are some orthodontic problems that are better corrected when the patient is younger. Delaying treatment for some orthodontic problems can lead to increased difficulty in correcting the problem, less stable results, abnormal jaw growth, abnormal tooth wear, or increased risk of chipping a front tooth. Some orthodontic problems that are better corrected early are: severe crowding, eruption problems, open bite, deep bite, crossbite, large "overbite," underbite, narrow jaws, harmful habits, and severely protruded front teeth.

If my child had early treatment (Phase 1), will he/she need additional treatment when all of his/her adult teeth erupt?


Most of the time, additional treatment will be needed to align the newly erupted teeth and finish correcting any bite problems not fully corrected in Phase 1. This additional treatment using a full set of braces is called Phase 2.

What happens in between Phase 1 and Phase 2?


Your child may need to wear retainers or a space maintainer to hold his/her treatment progress. Your child will see the orthodontist for periodic checks to evaluate his/her jaw development and eruption progress and decide on the optimal time to start Phase 2 treatment.

Can my child have orthodontic treatment with baby teeth?


Yes. Some orthodontic problems like crossbites, underbites, and large "overbites" are better corrected earlier rather than later when many baby teeth still remain. Early correction often leads to easier and more predictable treatment after all of the permanent teeth have been erupted.

My child's friends already have braces, but my orthodontist says my child is not ready for treatment yet. Why?


Just as children mature at different ages, their teeth and jaws mature at different ages. Early developers may have all of their permanent teeth erupted (except wisdom teeth) by age 9 while late bloomers may not until age 14 or later. Dr. Dickey and Dr. Holman will be able to determine what stage of development your child is in, and can determine the optimal time to begin treatment.

Even though the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7, not all children need early orthodontic treatment (Phase 1). In fact, most orthodontic care begins when the majority of the permanent teeth have erupted (between the ages of 11-15). Treatment times will vary between individuals, but, in general, orthodontic treatment should be completed with 18-24 months.


Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for kids. According to statistics from the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 in 5 patients are over the age of 21. Today, many adults are choosing to receive orthodontic treatment to improve their smile and feel better about their appearance. They understand the importance of good dental health and orthodontic treatment is a part of it. Healthy teeth can be moved successfully at any age. New techniques and material have made wearing braces much more comfortable for adults. Straight, healthy teeth can help boost self-confidence and give a better quality of life with a confident smile.


Sometimes teeth and jaws do not fit together properly. A jaw that's too small, too large, or misaligned can cause problems with chewing, speaking, or even sleeping. The shape of your jaws also affects your facial appearance. Some people are born with poorly aligned jaws. Others develop problems as the bones grow or as a result of an injury. Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) in conjunction with orthodontic treatment realigns facial bones, enabling the jaws to work together better and improve their form and function. Corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on your appearance and outlook on life. If you feel that you suffer from misaligned jaws, contact our office to learn about the best orthodontic treatment option.

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*Courtesy of Dr. Stephen S. Yang

Main Office:  99 Parkgate Drive

                       Tupelo, MS 38801

Satellite Offices:  1201 Office Park Drive,

                              Oxford, MS 38655


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