We’re glad that you found us! Here’s a little bit of general information about us, and about the services we provide.
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the alignment of the teeth, the correction of the relationship between the jaws, and the prevention and correction of dental and facial abnormalities.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two or three years of additional training. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your bite. Of course, creating beautiful smiles is also a big part of what orthodontists do!
Although an orthodontist is also a dentist, most don’t do the kinds of stuff you normally associate with dentists—cleanings, finding and restoring cavities, and so on. You should make sure to see your general dentist at least once every six months, in addition to your normal visits to the orthodontist. (This is true even if you are not having orthodontic treatment, for most people).
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, which is around the age of 6 or 7. Orthodontic treatment has come a long way, and now lots of adult patients have braces, too! We’ve treated people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Nobody over 80, yet! With the great variety of treatments available, there has never been an easier time to align your teeth, whether you are a child, teen or adult.
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
These are metal braces, but they are far from old fashioned; they are now more technologically advanced and more comfortable than ever before! Although the braces themselves are silver, you can choose colors at every monthly appointment to liven up your smile! Only if you want to, of course. Here are links for more information about the type of braces we use in our office.
These are made out of porcelain, and are less noticeable than traditional braces. They are equally effective, and equally comfortable! They are perfect for people with concerns about the esthetics of their appliances—this is often the appliance of choice for older teens and adults. Here is some more information about the ceramic appliances we use in our offices.
These are also metal, but they have a gold coating. Although they sound and look very expensive, they are actually comparable in price to the ceramic braces.
These are placed on the backs of the teeth, and are perfect for people who want the least noticeable option for their orthodontic treatment! These appliances are not for everyone, however; they function best for patients with relatively simple problems. Here is some information about lingual braces.
These are the newest generation of braces; these appliances do not require the placement and replacement of colored rubber bands that may discolor or wear between appointments. They have a little sliding door that holds everything together, and minimizes friction and therefore maximizes efficiency! Here are links to the self-ligating brackets we use in our office.
These removable appliances can do amazing things! You wear them 24 hours per day except for while brushing and eating. Many patients feel that, if traditional and ceramic braces are not for them, Invisalign is a less noticeable alternative. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out for important occasions. Here’s a link to the Invisalign website:
Invisalign has a program specifically for teenagers! It’s called Invisalign Teen, and is a great alternative to braces that are attached to the teeth. It can’t be used for everyone, but Invisalign Teen is often an option for our more esthetically-minded teenage patients!
Here’s a link to the Invisalign Teen site: