No matter your age, we believe success really does start with a smile.
Our priority is providing your family the highest quality orthodontic care in the most comfortable environment. Utilizing the latest, most advanced technology, we offer:
- Clear ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisalign® clear aligner
- Memory shaped wires for increased comfort and efficiency
- Latest computer technology, including digital impression making and 3D printing
Everyone on our team shares one goal: creating beautiful, healthy smiles at every age in a fun, caring, family-friendly environment.
Treatment for All Ages
Along with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), we recommend that your child should have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, when their first adult molars should have emerged to establish their “back bite.” During your visit, your doctor can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships for signs of possible overbite, open bite, crowding or other issues. Early screening helps identify problems and determine effective treatment; intervention will guide your child’s growth and development and prevent serious problems later.
By the time your child reaches adolescence, most of the permanent teeth have grown in and jaw growth is occurring at a rapid pace. Tooth and jaw alignment can be evaluated at this time and any problems diagnosed. Orthodontic treatment can help guide your teen’s jaw growth and development to help correct any bite problems. The teen years are an ideal time for most orthodontic corrections, most of their peers either wearing or having worn braces. The options for treatment at this time include metal braces, clear ceramic braces or even clear aligners such as Invisalign.
It’s never too late to improve your smile. For adults, it’s never been easier, either. Your teeth can be straightened at any age if you have healthy gums and bone structure. Alongside improving your appearance, orthodontic treatment can improve the health of your teeth, too, which is especially important in adults. Crooked teeth, a bad bite, or other problems can contribute to oral health issues such as gum or bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of tooth enamel and jaw joint (TMD) pain. Several options are available to treat your specific needs including metal braces, clear ceramic braces or clear aligners.
Types of Appliances
Metal braces are the most commonly used orthodontic appliances for tooth alignment. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever. Some of the metal braces we use incorporate self-ligating technology which can make cleaning easier and provide low force, low friction treatment for greater efficiency.
Ceramic braces are made of a translucent material, making them much less visible than metal braces. Many adults and older teens prefer these braces over the metal version.
Invisalign® offers computer generated cutting-edge technology to straighten your smile without wires or brackets, so treatment is essentially undetected. The Invisalign® system uses a series of trays, or clear aligners, designed to slowly shift your teeth until they reach the desired position. You’ll wear each tray consistently until you receive your next set of aligners (usually two weeks), and you can remove them daily to eat, brush and floss. The Invisalign® series of clear aligners is available for both adults and teens with certain orthodontic issues.
Functional appliances are utilized to help the jaws grow to improve the bite. Herbst or MARA appliances reduce an overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This appliance is typically worn for 12 -15 months in growing children and teens who need overbite correction.
The palate expander is used to widen a narrow upper jaw for correction of a cross-bite or to increase space where crowding is present. Affixed to the molars, the expander is adjusted slowly over time until desired correction is achieved. You will be educated on proper care and adjustment of expander if utilized.
Following orthodontic treatment, retainers are used to help keep the teeth straight. Retainers can be removable or fixed, and instructions will be given on how to care for them. Worn properly, retainers are the best defense against shifting teeth. The doctor will explain how often your retainer will need to be worn.