Our orthodontic team is well versed in all areas of orthodontics. We offer you state-of-the-art orthodontic techniques that involve the movement of teeth and jaws for your teeth’s general health and longevity.
If you need or want to look better and feel better, we will share our knowledge about the options available to you to help you select the form of treatment that will give you an attractive smile while maintaining your oral health. We will also discuss the responsibilities you have for the daily care of your teeth and orthodontic appliances.
For patients, adults and children, who have crowded or crooked teeth, missing or extra teeth, spaces between their teeth or misaligned teeth and jaws, orthodontic treatment can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma due to protruding teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have an evaluation by 7 years of age. More than 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults.
To protect our patients and ourselves, our staff wears masks, gloves, glasses, as well as hospital scrub uniforms. We strictly observe all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. Whenever possible, disposable single use items are used to ensure your safety. All surfaces in the treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after each patient.
You are not alone if you feel anxious about a visit to the orthodontist. We understand and share your concerns and strive to make every orthodontic visit comfortable. If there is anything else we can do, let us know. Anesthetics are not usually necessary in orthodontic treatment. However, we do have topical anesthetic available when necessary.
Missing School or Work
At each orthodontic visit, we make available a written excuse that shows the date and time of the appointment that can be used at the patient’s school or work.
Orthodontic appliances do not cause cavities, but they do trap food particles and make it more difficult to clean your teeth. It is very important that you continue with regular visits to your dentist for the removal of plaque and tarter on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits to your dentist will be based upon your individual needs and oral health. When orthodontic appliances are first placed, a container of floss, orthodontic wax, and four different types of toothbrushes are given to you. Toothbrushes should be replaced more often when wearing orthodontic appliances due to the fact that the orthodontic appliances create more wear and tear on the toothbrush. Floss should be used daily, preferably at night. The wax is to be used at the discretion of the patient.
An examination with diagnostic records can help pinpoint the possible causes of temporomandibular joint problems. It may be determined that orthodontic treatment may help decrease the TMJ symptoms along with the self-care techniques we can teach you.
Various Types of Braces
We make available different types of braces for individual needs. We have the regular metal (silver in color) braces which are the most common and most affordable. We also carry gold colored braces and ceramic (clear) braces that some people find more aesthetically pleasing and can decrease nickel allergy reactions. Glow-in-the-dark braces are available for our young patients entering first stage treatment.
Colored Ties on the Braces
Many of our patients want “colored braces”. The braces themselves are not colored, but the elastic ties that are used to hold the wire in place do come in a variety of colors. We use the colors as an incentive for good oral hygiene. Our patients who come to their appointment with good oral hygiene may pick a color, or any combination of colors we have on hand for that appointment. The colors are changed periodically as orthodontic treatment progresses.
Small “goody bags” are given to our new patients. T-shirts are given to our patients when full orthodontic treatment begins. We usually have a contest going on every month for our patients to win fun gifts! A little bag of candy that were no-no’s during orthodontic treatment are given to patients when they complete the active part of their orthodontic treatment.