Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy.
We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset - their smile.
Thanks to today's technology, patients now have more options when it comes to earing braces. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular alogn with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.
Metal braces are the most commont ype. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Invisgalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients and some teenagers with certain orthodontic bite roblems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.
R" is a revoluationary new system of braces that is not only faster for your orthodontist to use, it also can signifcantly shorten treatment time. It's great looking and smaller for greater comfort. Plus, it offers better hygiene than conventional braces.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners.
It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
The Invisalign® system combines advanced 3D computer graphics technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics.
Invisalign® aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign® is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign® uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners – as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually, week by week, until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign® and how it works, please visit the Invisalign® Homepage.
To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign®. Invisalign® is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign® can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.
You will begin the retention stage of your treatment when we remove your braces. This phase lasts for a minimum of two years. Your final orthodontic result depends on wearing your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve already put in.
Remember to remove your retainer before brushing/flossing, and remember to always brush your retainer before putting it back into your mouth
Maxillary wrap-around retainers are your upper retainers, which are removable. You must be very careful when handling your upper retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, brush them with toothpaste (sometimes with denture cleaner) using warm water.
Your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) can treat and correct abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and teeth.
Oftentimes, problems in the jaw can cause other difficulties, such as with chewing, talking, sleeping or other routine activities. Jaw surgery can potentially correct these problems and, when used with orthodontic treatment, can improve the overall function of the jaws and the appearance of the facial profile.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
When a person's teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function. These problems, often referred to as malocclusions (or bad bites), can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel and even increase of the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.