Orthodontics is one of nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Orthodontic care is appropriate for children, adolescents and adults and involves the use of appliances. The appliances can be fixed or removable. Braces are attached to the teeth whereas removable appliances are put in and taken out by the patient. These devices can be used to:
Generally, braces do not hurt. However, after certain visits, teeth may become sore. In these situations, over the counter pain medications should help ease the discomfort. Many patients do not feel any soreness at all!
Treatment time depends on each patient’s specific orthodontic needs. In general, the treatment time can range anywhere from 10 to 30 months.
Yes. We do offer ceramic braces and Invisalign, but they might not be applicable to every situation. Your individual treatment options will be discussed during the initial Orthodontic consultation.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, snap-on, custom-fit, removable aligners that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, gradually moving them into proper alignment. You change the aligners every 2 weeks keeping them on 24/7 and removing only while eating, drinking or when brushing your teeth.
Absolutely. A retainer is used to hold the teeth in their new position and is required after completion of Orthodontic treatment.