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Dr. Steven G. Darling is a native of southern Florida and a graduate of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. He attended the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, and was then offered a merit-based scholarship to attend the Medical University of South Carolina, School of Dentistry, located in Charleston. Here he received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry, graduating with honors. Dr. Darling completed his postgraduate residency in orthodontics at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He has done research involving reduced radiation doses with dental X-rays, as well as new bonding techniques for orthodontic brackets. Dr. Darling has been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics.
He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Darling is also a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and the Florida Association of Orthodontists. He has his Coast Guard captain's license and his private pilot's license. Dr. Darling enjoys sailing, flying, fishing, scuba diving, tennis and basketball. He and his wife, Janis, have two children, Daniel and Nicholas.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Fixed braces and removable appliance devices are used to make these corrections.
Just as we inherit eye color from our parents, mouth and jaw features are also inherited. For example, we might get moms jaw and dads teeth together they just dont line up properly. Local factors such as thumb sucking, high cavity rate, gum disease, trauma and premature loss of baby teeth can also contribute to a bad bite.
Poorly arranged teeth can break easily and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease. They can also lead to poor chewing and digestion which can be bad for your overall health. Finally, poorly arranged teeth detract from your smile which is one of the more important features of your face.
Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. They dont look like theyre doing much just sitting there, but in fact, every moment of your orthodontic treatment, theres something happening in your mouth. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to actually move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the arch wire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind. It may look like nothing happenedbut a new smile is slowly forming. Thanks to new materials and procedures, all this happens much quicker than ever before. Its kind of an engineering feat.
That depends a lot on you and how bad your bite is to begin with. Every patient has different needs and are addressed on a individual basis. We have patients that have had braces on from 6 months up to 5 years of treatment. Most treatment last 18 to 24 months.
Youll have to give up extremely hard and sticky foods. These foods can get caught on the braces and pull the braces off. Soft foods are much better. Youll have to spend a few extra minutes cleaning your braces after meals. But, for the most part, youll find braces dont cramp your style. Youll still have fun. Youll still be able to sing, play your musical instruments, smile, play sports and of course, kiss. You can even make a fashion statement by having your orthodontist add color to your braces.
It is most important to examine your childs teeth as the permanent teeth grow in. Although children mature at different rates, there are some averages for permanent tooth arrival. Please refer to early treatment for some explanations of early warning signs.
Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, preserve space for the permanent teeth and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth. Also, early treatment may shorten treatment time, make treatment easier and in some cases less expensive.
Appearance has been related to popularity, social behaviors, self-expectation, personality and self-esteem. Orthodontic therapy may lessen the likelihood that a child will be picked on by other children. It also helps avoid extraction of permanent teeth and jaw surgery in most cases.
Orthodontic care is the best value available. When can you buy a service or product and get a payment plan that has no interest. Plus unlike buying a car, your smile is a lifelong benefit. We have many payment options at our office:
Teeth are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment; therefore, it is very important that the treatment be done properly. A licensed orthodontic specialist is a expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly and working with you to help make sure the teeth stay in their new positions. An orthodontic specialist has attended a full-time residency in orthodontics for a minimum of 2 years.
You dont need a referral from your family dentist unless you are in a managed care plan with a gatekeeper primary care dentist. Word of mouth recommendations from friends and families of existing patients is often the primary way orthodontists meet new patients. We welcome new patients at our office and will work as a team with your general dentist to make your smile beautiful!
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