The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.
The Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.
With all of the recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier. State-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets, to NASA type wires that are heat activated and require fewer adjustments! Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires!
If treatment is necessary, we will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!
Reasons for orthodontic treatment (braces) adults & children:
- Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
- Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).
- Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.
- Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
- Disfiguring of the face & mouth – Affects the development of the jaw and position of the teeth.
- Jaw & jaw joint pain
- Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.
- Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
- Self-image – An attractive smile can boost a person’s self-image and confidence.
- Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing or may be too small or too large.
- Speech, chewing or biting problems
- Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.
Specific to children:
- Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
- Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.
Treatment and retention times vary depending on each individual case. Your orthodontist will ensure you have a successful treatment for a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime.
Orthodontics can not only help straighten your teeth, giving you an appealing smile, but can greatly contribute to the health of your jaw, teeth and sometimes your overall health.
One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.
What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?
Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.
Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.
What does Invisalign® treatment involve?
First, the dentist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays. Three-dimensional digital images are taken of the entire jaw. These images allow the dentist to move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come. In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign® trays will change the facial aesthetics.
Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made. The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 20-29 sets per arch is typical.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, please contact our office.
Now, more than ever, patients are concerned about issues beyond the health of their teeth; namely, they’re troubled about the aesthetic appearance of their smiles. While metal braces seem unpleasant and alternatives are expensive, 6 Month Smiles® is the innovative orthodontic solution that helps you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, often in less time and with lower costs.
6 Month Smiles® is the ideal solution for adults who are insecure about the appearance of their smile. This orthodontic treatment utilizes shape-memory wires that are engineered to provide exceptional results without unsightly metal braces or having to destroy your natural teeth for the placement of veneers. With clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, the 6 Month Smiles® system is nearly invisible while it restores your confidence.
Benefits of the 6 Month Smiles® system
Some of the benefits of 6 Month Smiles® include:
- Most patients only undergo treatment for 6 months.
- Treatment is virtually invisible with clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, providing a discreet alternative to unsightly metal braces.
- Patented, shape-memory wires move teeth faster than traditional braces or aligner therapy solutions like Invisalign®.
- Patented tray kits allow for quick and painless application.
- Your resulting straighter smiles allows for better oral hygiene.
What does treatment involve?
At your initial consultation, our 6 Month Smiles® certified doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate. After you have decided to pursue treatment, molds of your teeth will be taken and sent to the 6 Month Smiles® laboratory. The 6 Month Smiles® lab technicians will manufacture bonding trays, custom-fit to your teeth and sends them back to our office within two weeks. We will then schedule a follow-up appointment, during which the dentist will apply your braces.
You will be required to schedule monthly appointments, so the dentist can adjust your braces to advance the straightening process. Within 4 to 9 months, treatment is finished, with most cases requiring only 6 months of treatment. Upon removing your braces, we will discuss retention options with you, so you can choose a suitable solution that helps maintain your newly straight smile.
The Damon® System is an innovative new way to straighten the teeth quickly and comfortably. Traditional dental braces are comprised of large metal brackets and a wide variety of elastics. Damon® braces straighten teeth up to six months quicker than traditional braces and leave teeth healthy and beautiful.
Why should I choose Damon® braces?
Damon® braces utilize a unique type of technology to optimize the straightening process. Traditional archwires are replaced with lighter, shape-memory, self-ligating wires that need no tightening. There are no elastics, no ties, and no palate expanders. The Damon® System reduces the amount of friction each tooth experiences by incorporating a sliding mechanism. Teeth can move gently into alignment without discomfort.
The Damon® System differs from traditional braces in a number of important ways:
- Better facial aesthetics.
- Fantastic results.
- Increased aesthetics.
- Increased comfort.
- Reduced amount of dental visits.
- Reduced need for tooth extraction.
- Reduced treatment time.
What makes the Damon® System different?
The Damon® System replaces this with a hi-tech, lightweight shape-memory wire.
Self-ligating braces – Damon® braces are passive and completely tie-less. The usual elastics and metals are replaced with unobtrusive sliders. Not only does this mean that there is nothing for the dentist to “tighten,” it also means that there is less chafing on the lips and inner cheeks.
Shape-memory wires – Traditional braces require a heavy archwire to link the brackets and assert pressure on the teeth. The Damon® System replaces this with a hi-tech lightweight shape-memory wire. In essence, this wire is programmed to move the teeth quickly by working in conjunction with natural bodily forces.
Facial aesthetics – Damon® dentists use computers to project what the face might look like in 10, 20, and even 30 years. This is extremely useful when planning treatment, because changes to the teeth can affect the whole face.
Healthy teeth – Damon® brace brackets are much smaller than traditional brace brackets. They are designed to reduce plaque build-up around the brackets and make home hygiene much easier. Plaque build-up can quickly lead to decay – especially for those wearing braces, which makes easy cleaning even more critical.
If you have any questions about Damon® braces, please contact our office.