The childhood and teenage years are a great time for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by the age of seven years, and we encourage you to bring your child to our office by this age to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment. When we are able to start treatment early, we can often detect and correct potential problems before they become more serious. This can save you and your child time, as well as money.
We are pleased to help our teenage patients achieve straight, beautiful smiles with our orthodontic services designed to fit their active lifestyles. We are aware that teenagers are involved with a wide variety of activities, including school, friends, dating, sports, and other extracurricular activities, and we can help you arrive at the orthodontic solution that fits your individualized needs. Whether you are interested in traditional braces or a more aesthetic, discreet option, we are committed to providing you with the high-quality, personalized orthodontic treatment you need for a straighter, healthier, and more attractive smile.
Do you worry that you are too old to straighten your teeth? You are never too old for orthodontics! In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients are now adults. At our practice, we want you to know that a straight, healthy, beautiful smile is within your reach – no matter your age. Our orthodontist offers a number of orthodontic treatments and is happy to help you find the one that matches your personal needs and desires. In addition to traditional metal braces, more discreet options are often available so you can maintain a natural, professional appearance while you straighten your teeth. During your initial visit with our orthodontist, we will review all of your treatment options and help you choose the one you need for optimal results.
Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, may be needed if your oral health, function, and appearance are affected by problems that cannot be corrected through more conservative treatments. Surgical treatment may be needed to correct abnormalities in the teeth, jaws, or facial bones. It is especially important to receive the treatment you need if these abnormalities are causing difficulties in speaking, chewing, eating, sleeping, and other routine activities. In addition to making these activities easier and more comfortable, jaw surgery can help to improve your oral appearance and even the appearance of your overall facial profile.
Dentofacial orthopedics is an orthodontic treatment that focuses on facial growth and development. This treatment largely occurs during childhood and helps normalize the growth of bone structure, and repair imbalances of the face and jaws. It is often a two-phase treatment process, beginning when the patient is about seven or eight years old
Clear Aligner Therapy is a great choice for our patients who are searching for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option. Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your smile. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will be gradually, gently guided to their proper positions. You will also visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. It is not used routinely because the radiation exposure from this scanner is significantly more than regular dental x-rays. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.