In the first visit, an oral examination is performed along with panoramic and lateral (profile) digital x-rays. After taking all these records a sound diagnosis is made and treatment is tailored to your specific needs.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an initial evaluation by the age of seven. Some conditions could be detected at this age, like severe malocclusions (incorrect jaws and teeth development) however, most malocclusions are treated at a later age due to late detection.
Phase 1: Treatment generally takes place between the ages of 7 and 12, it is considered a preventive phase, where our doctors can redirect the growth of the jaws and develop the appropriate space to align children’s teeth.
Phase 2: Once the foundation (from phase one) is set, we move into phase two, where we use braces to align the teeth into their ideal positions.
Surgical Orthodontic Treatment
Corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended for skeletal orthodontic problems — meaning the misalignment of the bite is not caused by the misalignment of the teeth but by the position of the jaws themselves. In that case, the problem is too severe to be corrected by orthodontics alone. We use a team approach along with an oral surgeon where surgery is involved along with orthodontics (braces) to correct the problem.
Types Of Braces
Standard stainless steel
braces These braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Metal braces are strong, durable, and effective at straightening teeth using metal brackets and wires.
Metal braces are the strongest and most common types used in our practice.
Ceramic Braces [Clear Braces]
The ceramic material used in these braces can either be transparent or tooth-colored. Thus, ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces.
Who’s a good candidate for ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are a good choice if you want your braces to be subtle. Because they’re usually tooth-colored or white, they’re less noticeable. This makes them ideal for straightening your teeth if you work a full-time job or attend college and don’t want to draw attention to them.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without using metal braces. Invisalign is a series of transparent braces that cover your teeth perfectly and gently pull them into the proper position over time. Invisalign is light and can be easily removed, it is less noticeable than traditional braces.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
We usually recommend Invisalign for older teenagers and adults, because their teeth and bones have stopped growing.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign treatment:
- Someone who does not have segnificant dental issues which might require more advanced treatment methods.
- Is willing to follow instructions and adhere to the Invisalign guidelines.