All About Orthodontics

Creating Beautiful Smile with an Excellent Experience for Adults & Children

For most people, achieving a healthy and beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, correcting your concerns with braces or Invisalign® will greatly improve the way you look and feel.

When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, and our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position.

Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can now choose clear or metal brackets and, in some cases, the color of your appliance. Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort. Today, any age is a great age to wear braces!

Materials Used on Braces 

Types of Appliances 

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time varies and can last between one and three years, depending on several factors including age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker treatment time.

Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.

What Orthodontics Treats

­Orthodontics refer generally to the science of straightening teeth, which aim to prevent, diagnose, and treat facial and dental irregularities such as improperly aligned teeth or malocclusions (bad bites). 

Crowded Teeth – Overcrowding is very common, and it caused when teeth move forward or back out of the dental arch due to lack of space, resulting crooked and overlapped teeth. 

Spaced or Gapped Teeth – Spacing can occur between two or more teeth. Some of the causes can be small teeth, missing teeth, tongue thrusting, and thumb sucking.

Diastema – A diastema is a space between two teeth, usually the front teeth. The most common cause of diastema is the discrepancy between the size of the teeth and the jaw.

Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth happens when the tooth is not able to erupt through the gum normally, which possibly can be treated by removing the tooth or exposing it so that a brace can be fitted. 

Crossbite – A crossbite is a condition when individual teeth from upper and lower arch do not meet uniformly. It can affect your front and back teeth and occur on one or both sides of your jaw.

Overjet –. Overbite also known as "Buck Teeth" is where your upper teeth extend out too far beyond your lower teeth.

Underbite – An underbite also known as "anterior crossbite" is condition where your lower teeth extend and protrude beyond your upper teeth.

Open Bite- An open bite occurs where the front teeth don’t overlap the lower teeth.

Deep Bite or Overbite – Normally there should be some overlap of your upper teeth over lower teeth, but overbite happens where overlap is increased. In some cases, overbite can cause the teeth in one arch to bite down onto your gum on opposite arch. 

Types of Braces 

Traditional Metal Braces – Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces – Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Clear Aligners – Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Self-Ligating Braces – Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the arch wire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.

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