Orthodontic Treatment - Braces

Reasons for orthodontic treatment for adults and children:

  • Breathing or swallowing problems - mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea
  • Crowding - Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth
  • Crossbite - One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue). Crossbites can often be related to airway issues.
  • Jaw and Joint pain
  • Missing teeth
  • Overjet (protruding upper teeth) - upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.
  • Self-image - An attractive smile can boost a person's confidence
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Speech, chewing or biting problems
  • Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) - lower jaw longer than upper jaw

With all the recent advances in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier. Some patients may be candidates for clear aligners (Invisalign), a way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Almost all of our othodontic treatments can be done without extractions if started early enough. Orthodontics can enhance the outcome of TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatments in many situations.

What does orthodontic treatment involve?

Orthodontic treatment involves three phases:

  1. Planning Phase
    Your first couple of visits may include the following:
    • A medical and dental history evaluation
    • Casts or molds of your teeth
    • Photographs of your face and mouth
    • X-rays of the teeth and jaws
    • Analysis of the x rays that will aid in planning
    After careful planning, braces and/or custom made appliances will be designed and applied for you
  2. Active Phase
    Active treatment involves visiting our office on a regular basis for adjustments
  3. Retention Phase
    When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually, these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth. The retainers function effectively if worn until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment can basically be done at any age, however timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.