Straighten out your smile with orthodontics
Improper tooth and bite alignment can cause pain, facial disfigurement and can lower your confidence. We have a range of orthodontic techniques and procedures to give you a beautiful and healthy smile.
Our techniques include removable and fixed bracket braces, and removable appliances. Our orthodontic treatments are based on neuromuscular principals and can solve many common problems such as crowding, crooked teeth and misalignment of the bite.
We may also use orthodontics prior to smile rejuvenation.
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Traditional metal braces are usually the most effective way of straightening teeth. If you have very crooked teeth or a more serious severe bite issue, metal braces may be the best choice for you.
Clear braces help you avoid the “tinsel teeth” look. Made of ceramic, or plastic bracket, clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces. Having said that, the adhesive used to cement the brackets do have a tendency to discolor or stain if you are not careful. Clear braces can also cost a bit more than traditional metal braces.
Invisalign is a series of computer-designed clear plastic trays that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them into alignment.
You wear the trays all the time, removing them only for eating and brushing your teeth. One great advantage of Invisalign is you can remove them from brief special occasions like a first date, a job interview or a wedding.
Every two weeks you’ll get a new set of trays that build upon the movement the previous set has achieved. The whole process generally take about a year.
Invisalign offers many benefits over conventional braces:
- It’s more comfortable
- It doesn’t require tightening appointments
- It’s less visible
- It’s removable making brushing, flossing and eating easier
Invisalign is best suited for adults and older children as it requires self discipline to wear the trays consistently enough to achieve results.
By age 7 your child should have an orthodontic screening. Since permanent teeth usually start to appear at this age, this is a good time to check in on possible orthodontic problems.
Early intervention orthodontic treatment can make conditions such as crowding easier to address because the teeth are still developing and the jaw is still growing. It’s not uncommon for the dental arch to be too small to fit all of the teeth.
Only a few decades ago, extracting some teeth to make room was a prevalent solution, now, by stepping in before the teeth erupt, it may be possible to help teeth emerge through the gum in better positions.
A device called a palatal expander may also be used to expand the upper dental arch to help the adult teeth emerge in better position.
Straight is healthy
Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Crooked teeth can be harder to keep clean, can affect your appearance and, most importantly, can impact how your jaw performs and how you bite. An unbalanced bite can lead to the painful symptoms of a jaw joint disorder.