We recommend that childen receive an orthodontic screening by the age 7. By starting treatment early, we are able to recognize potential problems and correct them before they become more serious. This not only saves you and your child time, but also money.
Early evaluation also provides greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Early issues may include:
- Severely crowded teeth trying to grow in
- A large overbite (buck teeth)
- An under bite (top front teeth behind lower teeth)
- Cross bites (front or back) of one or more teeth
- A deep overbite causing discomfort
- Receding gums associated with crowded teeth
- Thumb/Finger sucking habits causing problems
- Forward tongue posture and swallowing problems contributing to bite issues
- Breathing issues (narrow airways) in the nasal and tonsil area
More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve the appearance of your smile, but improve the health of your teeth and gums as well. You can also possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel, and an uncomfortable bite.
Through adult treatment, we are able to:
to be placed by your restorative dentist
We offer a wide selection of braces to meet the individual needs and desires of each of our adult patients. From traditional metal braces to clear aligners that can be worn to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth, we are confident we can help you achieve and maintain the healthy smile you desire.
Don’t ever feel it’s too late to enhance your smile. Schedule your consultation today and let us help you start your journey to receiving a beautiful, straight smile!
We use traditional metal braces with a low profile to reduce lip irritation and the bulky feeling associated with braces. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. At each appointment, patients can choose
different color bands to personalize their braces.
We also offer aesthetic braces and aesthetic tooth moving aligners. Aesthetic braces are fabricated with a ceramic material and are not as obvious as the metal braces. While they are popular due to their cosmetic appeal, they are more fragile and require extra care and attention!
Aesthetic tooth moving aligners are plastic, low visibility aligners that you inset between meals to move your teeth. They are changed every two or three weeks to keep your teeth moving.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth.
Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your dentist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.
Even after moving your teeth and bite to a new position, the body is stubborn and the tissues try to move the teeth back towards the original position. We do like to plan the orthodontic treatment to keep this problem to a minimum. Sometimes this requires that permanent teeth be removed as part of orthodontic treatment to reduce the residual pressure on the teeth and gums. During retention, our goal to avoid teeth shifting and gums shrinking!
Retainers are used to maintain the new tooth and bite
positions. We like our patients to wear the removable retainer day and
night for about two months (except for eating, sports, and brushing/flossing). An
assessment is then made about a progression to evenings/nighttime wear.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. For some people, braces and appliances cannot improve their problem without moving the upper or lower jaws (or both) to a better position. Before starting braces if it is determined during our discussion that jaw surgery maybe an option, we would arrange a consultation with an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. This would allow you to discuss the pros and cons with the surgeon directly.
This surgery is usually performed 16 - 24 months after the placement of the braces. This allows for the alignment of the teeth so that the surgeon can place the upper and lower jaws in the correct position and bite.
After the surgery, the braces are adjusted about six months to increase bite stability and allow for minor bite detailing.