We absolutely love providing orthodontics for our patients and changing their lives! We have seen quite a few patients over the years become more self-confident, more radiant and more willing to show off their smile in social situations after having straightened their teeth with braces. In addition, you won't believe the results many of our patients are getting with Invisalign invisible braces. That's right, straight teeth without the wires!
If you have any questions about how you can have a healthy, attractive smile like many of our other patients, please contact us today.
Braces are bonded brackets, archwires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function.
Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.
Today's orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens and adults.
What are some signs that your child may need to see a dentist for braces?
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Breathing through their mouth
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Crowding, irregular or blocked out teeth
- Jaws that shift or make noise
More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Often times, because adults usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results turn out far greater than with a child and or a teen. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve your smile's appearance, but also, to improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, you may be unable to reach those areas and run the risk of severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of tooth enamel and possible TMJ/TMD pain. Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. Conventional braces with metal brackets are the most familiar, however, clear and tooth-color ceramic and plastic brackets are now available.
What is the right age for Orthodontics?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an initial orthodontic examination as early as age 7. The timing of orthodontic treatment is extremely important and greatly affects the treatment result. Early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist can help prevent more serious problems.
Orthodontics is not just for children. While most people tend to associate orthodontics with children, adults are also prime candidates for treatment. Approximately 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults. Advances in technology and the introduction of more indiscriminate, clear braces make the benefits of orthodontics a must for any adult.
How much do braces cost?
Every mouth is different. There is no standard fee. The doctor needs to do an exam to evaluate orthodontic needs on an individual basis.
Does Orthodontic Treatment hurt?
There may be a little discomfort after adjustments, but Tylenol or Advil can usually remedy any discomfort.
Why do you need braces if teeth are straight but the bite is off?
Orthodontics isn't only for pretty teeth. A good, healthy bite helps eliminate other health problems in later years. It also helps save teeth from wearing.
How long do I have to wear my braces?
We let our patients know their estimated completion date and let them know that if they miss or reschedule appointments, don't wear their elastics, and do not cooperate, it will take longer.
How long do I have to wear my retainers?
For the first year you need to wear them all day and all night. After that, retainer wear depends on your individual treatment and the difficulty in holding the teeth in your corrected position.
What is a bite plate?
A bite plate helps to correct a deep bite, and it keeps you from biting into your lower braces.
Can the fee for Orthodontic Treatment be financed?
Yes, there are several different payment options. See our "Payment and Insurance" link for more details.
Do I continue to see my Dentist for regular visits during Orthodontic Treatment?
Yes, you will need to continue to see your dentist for regular checkups.
How long is full Orthodontic Treatment?
Treatment is 18-30 months, depending on the difficulty of the case and amount of treatment needed.
Our Doctors recommend the Invisalign procedure rather than traditional braces. Invisalign is the breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year.
|Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.||X||X|
|Straightens your teeth||X||X|
|Average cost is about $5,000*||X||X|
|Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy||X|
|Lets you remove the device when you want||X|
|Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening||X|
|Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health||X|
|Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums||X|
|Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks||X|
|Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.**||X|
* November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey
** Invisalign Teen Only
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What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and nearly invisible. If you've ever seen clear teeth-whitening trays, that should give you a good idea of what the aligners look like. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.
Will the treatment be painful?
Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust to their new position. This is completely normal, and is a good sign that the treatment is working.
Will wearing Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
Some people are affected more than others, but most adjust in a short period of time to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.
How often will I have to wear my aligners?
Invisalign® only works while you're wearing the aligners. It's recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.
What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?
This varies person to person and depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer.
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