By harnessing the body's natural ability to remodel its own tissue, orthodontic treatments help align teeth properly, which allows one to chew and speak more effectively. With the application of light, constant force, orthodontic appliances help reshape bone and move teeth into better positions. Our ortho treatments include:
Bite Problem Correction - Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems. These issues may become evident by age seven (7). One type of these problems is a bite relationship problem in which the upper and lower teeth don’t close in the proper position (e.g., underbite, crossbite, or excessive overbite). Another type of problem is an openbite which occurs when a space remains between the top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed. Lastly, there can be crowding or excessive spacing where teeth are spaced either too close or too far apart.
Braces & Aligners - When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. Time-tested metal bracket braces remain effective and popular — but they're no longer the only option. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible. Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces — except they're bonded to the back of your teeth (the tongue side) so that no one can see them. Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position. Cost, severity of case, cosmetics, and treatment time will help determine which is best for you.
Retention & Post Care - Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, it's extremely important to wear a retainer as directed. That's because teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations — which is the last thing you want after you've gone through the trouble of straightening them! Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to re-form around them, and helps keep your beautiful new smile last for a lifetime!