Untreated dental issues issues can lead to a variety of health problems. Orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile - it creates a healthier you.
Your smile can be enhanced at any age, but there is an optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment. The initial evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. If orthodontic intervention is not necessary right away, we will carefully monitor growth and development and provide services when and if necessary.
Orthodontic treatment later in life can not only improve your personal appearance, it will also improve the health of your teeth and gums. Untreated misalignments can contribute to a variety of issues including: headaches, jaw and joint pain and abnormal wear of tooth enamel and surfaces. New techniques and appliances allow you to correct these issues with less pain and shortened overall treatment time.
After braces are removed, patients will be asked to wear retainers according to the retention plan provided by the orthodontist. This ensures you are satisfied with the results long after the treatment is complete.
The Damon® System uses a self-ligation technique that uses lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth. This results in faster treatment times. In addition to greater comfort, the Damon® System makes it easier to maintain good hygiene because it's easier to keep clean. This contributes to more enjoyable treatment experience.
Damon® Clear™ combines clinically proven low-friction benefits of self-ligation technology with the aesthetically pleasing look all patients desire. The result is a crystal-clear appliance that surpasses expectations in both appearance and functionality. All Damon® brackets are custom fit for greater reliability.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.
Corrective jaw surgery treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Using the latest technologies we are able to offer this service to patients and minimize the treatment and recovery time. We will help you determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
Call our office immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.
If you break or loosen any of your appliances, call our office as soon as possible. Please do not come directly to the office. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.