Why should I choose an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely trained experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Selecting an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontist (AAO) is your assurance that you have chosen an orthodontic specialist with formal education and experience to deliver the best possible care. Only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), so be sure to inquire about membership when seeking the best possible care for your family.
Why Should I Have Orthodontic Treatment?
Patients seek orthodontics treatment for many different reasons. The most common reason is to improve the looks of their smile by straightening their teeth. Straight teeth not only look great, but they help an individual to effectively bite, and more easily maintain the health of their teeth. In addition to straightening teeth, orthodontists work to refine the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. By perfecting the fit of the bite, the teeth become more stable. The teeth actually work together to prevent excess wear, and reduce muscle related symptoms of the jaw joint. In addition, a perfect bite will allow your general dentist room to restore your teeth to ideal form should you need dental work in the future. Orthodontic therapy builds confidence and self-esteem to help patients better enjoy their daily walk through all aspects of life.
When Should I Begin Orthodontic Treatment?
Our office recommends that patients be seen initially at age 7, or when the permanent incisors begin erupting. Normally no treatment will be needed at this time, but there are circumstances requiring immediate intervention.
How Long Will My Treatment Take?
Active treatment times vary from 4 months to 36 months depending on the treatment goals. Most treatments take 20-24 months depending on the severity of the case, and patient compliance. If early treatment is needed, we try to accomplish our goals in 12 months or less. Retainers are prescribed following completion of each treatment. We offer all varieties of retainers.
Invisalign® and Invisalign® Teen are an exciting new technology that straightens your teeth with a series of clear, customized, removable aligners. The aligner is a thin piece of medical grade plastic that fits over the teeth like a glove would fit on a hand. Hardly anyone can tell you’re going through treatment and because the aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you want during treatment.
To see if Invisalign® is right for you (it can work for teens and adults), call us at 940-365-3344 to schedule a consultation.
Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces were developed to help you achieve a beautiful smile with the comfort and quality you deserve. The unique features of Clarity ADVANCED Braces give you and your orthodontist the opportunity to create a smile that can last a lifetime by offering:
- A small and comfortable design featuring rounded corners to reduce irritation and rubbing.
- Translucent material that blends with your teeth, providing virtually unnoticeable treatment and allowing you to smile confidently.
- A unique system that is easily applied and removed by your orthodontist, allowing you to focus on the new you, not the process.
- Technology and innovation by 3M Unitek, a name trusted by orthodontists around the world for patients who want the most out of their smiles.
To see if Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces are right for you (it can work for teens and adults), call us at 940-365-3344 to schedule a consultation.