Orthodontic Services We Offer
Brent Sorenson, MS, DDS offers several orthodontic treatment options, including braces and retainers, for our Hugo, MN patients. Dr. Sorenson has advanced training in orthodontics and digital dentistry, allowing him to precisely plan your treatment and include you fully with visual representations of your progress and goals.
We provide Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment for children, as well as orthodontic evaluations and treatment for adults.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces are still the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Modern metal braces are much more comfortable than ones worn in the past, as they’re flatter and smaller. Dr. Sorenson may recommend braces if you suffer from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, jaw problems or a misaligned bite.
An orthodontic evaluation allows Dr. Sorenson to assess your child’s oral development. During the evaluation, Dr. Sorenson will inspect your child’s teeth and gums, as well as the bones and muscles in your child’s mouth. An orthodontic evaluation will give you the ability to plan ahead for your child’s future dental needs.
Phase I & Phase II Orthodontic Treatments
If Dr. Sorenson performs your child’s orthodontic evaluation and concludes that treatment is necessary, we will accomplish it in a two-phase approach. Phase I usually occurs when your child is between the ages of 6 and 10, while they still have most of their primary teeth.
Dr. Sorenson may recommend expansion, an active retainer or partial braces as part of the Phase I treatment. The goal of Phase I is to better prepare your child’s jaws to make room for their permanent teeth and improve the relationship of their upper and lower jaws.
Phase II will happen when your child gets older, when Dr. Sorenson has determined the ideal time based on your child’s growth. The goal of this phase is to make sure each tooth is located in the best location possible to function properly. Phase II usually involves full upper and lower braces for your child and will not begin until all of your child’s permanent teeth have erupted. Phase II treatment usually lasts for a minimum of 24 months depending on the individual needs of your child.
If you have are ready for straighter teeth, call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sorenson.