Braces are used to correct problems with tooth alignment and some jaw issues. These appliances may seem simple but can achieve amazing results such as boosting confidence, improving speech, and even easing the ability to breathe. Today, there are more options for braces than ever before.
Traditional braces include brackets and archwires and may also include ties depending on the version of braces. Patients and doctors can choose from various types of brackets, including clear, ceramic, gold, and shaped options depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Are you curious about what options are available to you? Click on the types of braces below to learn more about them.
Metal Braces Ceramic Braces Self-Ligating Braces Lingual Braces
Phase I Treatment
In most cases, orthodontic problems do not need correcting until the patient is in his or her teen years. However, some types of orthodontic abnormalities can be corrected in childhood. The orthodontic abnormalities treated in childhood are severe and may require surgical intervention or tooth pulling if treated past childhood.
All children should be evaluated by an orthodontist on or around their seventh birthday in order to identify significant problems early enough to treat them with appliances alone. At this key age, children still have a mix of baby and adult teeth which means your orthodontist will be able to evaluate the permanent bite relationship with ease.
Following the recommendations of your doctor is always important but it is especially vital in the case of early treatment. Benefits of early treatment include:
- Improved development of permanent teeth
- The opportunity to correct bad habits
- Avoiding orthognathic surgery and the need to pull teeth
- Guide the growth of teeth and jaw bones
- Create a balanced profile
- Boost self-esteem
Even if you do not think your child will require early intervention, they should be seen by a doctor. Only a trained professional can tell what is or is not a significant issue.
Invisalign® / Clear Aligners
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that is ideal for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic abnormalities. The Invisalign system uses clear aligners instead of metal brackets and archwires, which makes the treatment virtually invisible to those around you.
Each aligner has a unique shape to help guide the teeth into place. Each new aligner changes slightly in shape, changing the pressure placed on the teeth. After wearing each of the aligners for the recommended period of time, the teeth make it to their final and perfect location.
Invisalign offers many unique benefits to patients. For one thing, the clear aligners are removable therefore, no food is off limits during treatment. Your brushing and flossing routines will also remain unchanged. The aligners are made of a smooth plastic which does not cause irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth. Also, the imaging technology used to plan your customized treatment will also allow you to preview your final results before you the treatment even begins.
Invisalign has been used to treat patients for over 20 years and has proved itself to be an effective and convenient alternative to traditional braces. Talk to your doctor about Invisalign to determine if it is the right choice for you.
Some orthodontic patients are not interested in perfecting their bite. In many cases, patients seek treatment solely for cosmetic reasons and are only concerned with the front teeth for example. Limited treatment is designed for these individuals.
We typically offer limited treatment to adults. This option takes less time than full treatment with the average treatment time being between six and nine months. This treatment option is more affordable than a comprehensive treatment.
In general, only the six front teeth on the upper jaw will be targeted for correction in this treatment plan. Since only these teeth are treated, larger issues with crowding or spacing cannot be addressed. However, small issues such as twisting of the teeth can be corrected in this manner. Once the targeted teeth have shifted into their ideal positions, we will coordinate with a cosmetic dentist to perfect the look of the teeth as much as possible.