Orthodontics

Engineering Straighter Teeth

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The Purpose of Orthodontics

A variety of methods can be used to address imperfections such as crowding, wide spaces, overbite, underbite, and even crossbite. We offer both traditional orthodontic methods and clear aligners. Both utilize steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change to correct the position of teeth over time. This allows for better dental hygiene, less risk of damage, a more even bite, and an overall healthier smile.

Straight Teeth – Fast!

With Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect™ aligners, it is possible to have straight teeth in as little as 9 – 15 months. No braces or wires, and we can create them in-house with our 3-D printer! And the best part is that no one will know you’re straightening your teeth – because it’s invisible! Clear aligners are easily removable and allow you to eat and drink what you want while in treatment, and brushing and flossing are no problem. We also offer traditional orthodontics for a thorough approach to comprehensive bite issues.

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How It Works

Clear aligners use advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology to prepare your entire treatment plan from the current positioning of your teeth to your final smile. From this plan, clear thermoplastic aligners are created. These are similar to teeth-whitening trays and are custom made to exactly fit your teeth. Gentle forces move your teeth into position. You replace the aligners with a new set about every two weeks and progress through treatment for about a year. Total treatment time is based on your personal needs and goals.

Traditional Orthodontics

Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the tooth. These brackets work as handles to which other components are attached to move your tooth in various directions. A skinny metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, our high-tech memory wires place pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are needed, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.

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The Value of Conventional Braces

Traditional orthodontic techniques allow our doctors to exert more control over how your teeth are straightened. More complex corrections can be made, and because this type of braces can’t be easily removed and are constantly monitored, there is less risk of problems caused by failure to wear the proper aligner for the appropriate amount of time.

Goodbye Goopy Impressions

With our new intra-oral scanner, we are able to make accurate iTero™ digital impressions that usually eliminate the old uncomfortable tray and putty impression. It can be used for crowns, clear aligners, whitening trays, and more. This technology ensures a more precise fit and improved accuracy, and you’ll spend less time at the dentist and more time enjoying your new smile.

Schedule a consultation to learn more about orthodontics for a straighter smile.

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