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Orthodontics

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Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be provided to young children, teens and adults.

Early orthodontic treatment can help reduce the chances of needing more complicated surgical treatment later. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years old.

At age 7, your child’s first permanent molars and incisors will have erupted,

which will allow us to properly detect irregular growth patterns. When the jaw is still forming, it is more malleable, making early orthodontics an effective solution for many. Treatment for problems, such as a cross bite or overbite, may require more advanced correction if approached later.

Even if orthodontic treatment is not immediately necessary at this early age, an orthodontic evaluation will allow us to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw and teeth. This will allow us to identify the best time for treating your child. We will refer you to an outside orthodontist for more specialized treatment if it becomes necessary.

Early orthodontic treatment will:

  • prevent overcrowding by creating room for teeth that have not erupted
  • create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth
  • reduce the need for teeth removal
  • reduce treatment time with braces

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

More adults are opting for orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18.

Adult patients who are interested in orthodontic treatment usually fall within two categories: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment before or those who have worn braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers and their teeth have shifted.

The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is to straighten teeth and create perfect occlusion (bite). The accompanying attractive smile improves self-esteem and overall confidence.

Invisalign™

We offer Invisalign™ orthodontic treatment to help with straightening and aligning your teeth. Invisalign™ utilizes a set of custom fitted clear aligners to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional wire braces. Clear aligners provide added convenience for eating, brushing and flossing. The aligners are comfortable and easy to wear, and almost undetectable by others.

Treatment begins with a consultation with our doctor. Once determined that you are a candidate for Invisalign™, a model of your teeth is created on the computer to provide a step-by-step customized plan.  Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks. Each aligner gently shifts your teeth into their final position. The amount of time and number of aligners worn varies depending upon your treatment plan.

Choosing Invisalign™ offers a convenient alternative to traditional metal brackets and wires. It also decreases your chances of getting tooth decay and plaque buildup during orthodontic treatment because you will be able to brush and floss better with a removable device.

We can help you achieve straight teeth and a beautiful, healthy smile with Invisalign™

We are dedicated to providing you with an enjoyable orthodontic experience. It is our top priority to deliver high quality care in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Contact us today for a consultation.