Services We Provide
We provide a comprehensive suite of orthodontic services to patients of all ages:
Children should see an orthodontist around age 7 when the permanent teeth begin to erupt. Starting orthodontic treatment at this age means more effective results in the adolescent years. We recommend two-phase treatment for most of our patients. Two-phase treatment includes monitoring and correcting issues before they become serious. The second phase, completed during the teen years, consists of orthodontic appliances.
Traditional braces come in metal or clear varieties. Regardless of the materials used, both braces work the same way. The orthodontist cements brackets to the teeth and places bands on the molars. An archwire runs through the brackets, connected by elastics. The orthodontist gradually straightens the teeth using regular adjustments.
Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® is a popular system that straightens teeth with no visible braces. The orthodontist creates a set of clear plastic aligners that gradually shift the teeth into the best position. Invisalign® is popular among older teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth but avoid the stigma attached to braces.
3M Clarity™ Aligners
3M Clarity™ aligners are similar to Invisalign® in function, but they use a more sophisticated digital planning system and can move teeth with more precision.
TMD, also known as TMJ, stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. With TMD, a patient's jaw joints become inflamed and cause trouble chewing, speaking, yawning, and swallowing. Orthodontists can treat this painful condition by prescribing custom oral appliances that keep the patient's jaw in the correct position.
After completing treatment with braces or clear aligners, orthodontic patients must wear their retainers as directed. Their teeth may return to their original positions if they do not wear retainers.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Our practice also offers oral surgery services. Sometimes orthodontic treatment is not enough to realign teeth and jaws, in which case surgery becomes necessary. We can remove impacted wisdom teeth, treat cleft palate, and place dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontic Services
How long do braces take to work?
During two-phase orthodontic treatment, braces typically take 1 1/2 to 2 years to do their job.
For how long each day do I need to wear Invisalign®?
Invisalign® clear aligners should stay in for 20 to 22 hours per day. Take them out when you eat or drink, but otherwise, wear them throughout the day and night.
What are the signs of TMJ disorder?
Some signs that you may need TMJ treatment include jaw pain, ear pain, headaches, neck aches, jaw popping or clicking, a change in tooth alignment, and difficulty opening the mouth.