We specialize in Orthodontics. Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but improve a person’s bite. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile, but it’s also about improving your overall dental health. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusion, overbite, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other flaws of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular types of braces as they produce high quality results. Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. The doctor will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for orthodontic therapy.
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Let Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen help perfect your smile – using clear aligners and not metal braces – so your teenage memories can be captured with confidence! Invisalign Teen aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment for Young Children
Some orthodontic conditions are more easily addressed when detected early, before all of your child’s permanent teeth have grown in, and early treatment may prevent more serious problems later on. If early treatment is recommended, it is often completed in two phases.
The first phase (Phase I) usually occurs between the ages of 6-10 and the second phase (Phase II) occurs at the time deemed appropriate by your child’s growth and development, when more permanent teeth have grown in. The goal of Phase I treatment is to develop your child’s jaw in order to create sufficient space for future eruption of teeth and to improve the relationship of the upper and lower jaws. The first phase may include limited braces to guide your child’s teeth into a more favorable position and appliances to correct harmful oral habits or appliances to guide the growth of the jaws.
The goal of Phase II treatment is to address the position, aesthetics, form, and function of your child’s permanent teeth. With two phase orthodontic treatment, due to the improvements made in Phase I treatment, Phase II usually requires less time in full braces. Early prevention and intervention in the first phase of treatment makes orthodontic treatment for your teenager much more comfortable and successful.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain the new smile and also allows for small adjustments, if needed, once the braces have been removed.