Experience matters when it comes to choosing an orthodontist because your teeth and mouth are important. Dr. Zaki is a trained Doctor of Dental Surgery, and he is a board certified member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the American Dental Association (ADA), and more.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first see an orthodontist around age 7. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent tooth alignment problems from worsening as all of the permanent teeth come in. Dr. Zaki treats children, adolescents and adults and can help you and your family achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Dr. Zaki provides the following orthodontic treatments:
Metal and Ceramic braces – Metal braces are traditional wire and bracket braces and the most affordable option to straighten teeth. Ceramic braces are tooth-colored and less noticeable than metal braces. Talk to Dr. Zaki about your preferences.
Appliances – Dr. Zaki utilizes dental appliances such as TMJ splints, expanders and habit-breaking appliances. TMJ splints are like mouth guards that either stabilize or reposition the jaw. Expanders are dental appliances used to correct cross bites in cases with narrow jaws.
Interceptive Orthodontics – Interceptive Orthodontics is sometimes necessary in children as young as 4 years old to rectify a faulty growth pattern caused by habits such as thumb or tongue sucking. These can have long-lasting, harmful effects on a child’s teeth and face. The goal is to set the stage for normal, healthy growth conditions and functions such as chewing and speaking.
Phase-One Treatment for Younger Children – Children around age 7-8 may require orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite. If left untreated, this would cause asymmetric growth of the lower jaw and an abnormal pattern of tooth wear. Children with severely protruded upper front teeth (buck teeth) are much more liable to lose them in an accident. Low self esteem, lisping, and a poor profile are often associated with these problems.
Phase-Two Treatment for Younger Children – Sometimes the faulty growth pattern persists even when it was corrected in an earlier Phase-One. Often hereditary factors play a role, and at other times some of the un-erupted permanent teeth may come in crooked. This may necessitate the need for further treatment or Phase-Two treament. Not every Phase-One ends up with a Phase-Two. In fact, a Phase-One treatment usually reduces the severity of the problems. For example, a case that would have required jaw surgery or permanent tooth extractions may often be treated as a simple problem. Some patients also choose to stay with the results they attained from Phase-One.
Emergencies – Dr. Zaki treats orthodontic emergencies. If you loose a tooth in an accident, try to find the tooth. If you find it, keep it in some cold milk or place it under your tongue. Contact your dentist immediately. If you are wearing braces, contact our office immediately. If you have an orthodontic emergency call now 757-416-1100.
Dr. Zaki is an orthodontist in Virginia Beach VA providing you and your family with orthodontic treatments that will improve your smile, bite and confidence. From children to adults, Dr. Zaki can create a custom orthodontic plan for your teeth. Whether you are looking for braces, Invisalign®, dental appliances or teeth whitening, Dr. Zaki is the experienced orthodontist to provide you with the highest quality Virginia Beach orthodontics.
Schedule a consultation by calling 757-416-1100.