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Beautiful Smiles, Better Quality of Life!

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic problems can result from genetic or environmental factors.

Common problems include:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Misaligned bites
  • Improper jaw function

Patients of all ages have experienced dramatic results and a better quality of life from orthodontic treatment. So ask your dentist about orthodontics for you or your child today!

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are made of stainless steel brackets and wires. They are generally the least expensive choice for patients and are still the most popular form of treatment.

Modern versions actually have much smaller brackets and wires, and offer optional colored bands that are fun for kids and teens. Talk to your dentist about ways to customize them to your personality!

Below is a story-driven video piece showing one girl’s experience of having her braces put on and then finally removed at one of our offices.

Clear Braces

Clear braces function just like braces but are made of tooth-colored ceramic or plastic, making them less noticeable.

Clear braces are generally more expensive than braces, and can also stain easily if the patient doesn’t properly care for them. But many people enjoy them for their aesthetic qualities that make having traditional braces less obvious.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a clear, removable alternative to traditional braces. The treatment uses a series of custom-made “aligners” that move the teeth slowly, and it is very effective at treating some of the most common orthodontic issues found in teens and adults.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time. They are very comfortable, nearly invisible, and can be removed for eating or brushing. Average treatment time is about one year.

Schedule Your Appointment

We take almost all insurances.

Step 1: Complimentary Consultation

To diagnose patients and determine a proper treatment program, your dentist will:

  1. Take photographs of your face and mouth
  2. Take x-rays of your teeth and jaw
  3. Make dental impressions of your teeth and gums

Step 2: Treatment Plan

The dentist will create an individualized treatment plan based on your initial examination, x-rays, and dental impressions. He or she may discuss Invisalign as a treatment option at this time (not all patients qualify).

If braces are required, the dentist will place them on your teeth and give you instructions for proper care.

Step 3: Check & Adjust

You will need to visit the office regularly during the course of treatment to have your braces adjusted and checked for broken or loose wires and bands.

When your teeth have reached the desired position, your dentist will remove the braces and clean your teeth.

Step 4: Ensure Results

In most cases, you will need to wear a retainer following treatment to help hold teeth in their new position and ensure long-term results.

And that’s it! You will be rewarded with straight, beautiful teeth that are less prone to dental problems and will have you smiling for a lifetime.

Whether it is traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign®, these procedures are completely painless and can be done in a single office visit. Schedule your complimentary consultation and we can create an ortho treatment plan that’s just right for you!

Caring For Your Dental Appliances

Your dentist will fully explain how to care for your teeth and dental appliances. But here are some good tips to remember!

Tips for Braces

  • Keep your braces clean! The brackets, wires, and bands can attract food and plaque, so make sure to brush your teeth and braces well.
  • Brush after every meal and make sure to remove any food that may have gotten stuck in the brackets or wires.
  • Continue to floss your teeth even while you are wearing braces. Ask your dentist to show you how to maneuver the floss around the wires.
  • Avoid sticky or chewy foods (like taffy, caramel, and chewing gum), hard foods (like apples, hard candy, nuts, and carrots), and foods that can get stuck (like corn on the cob, popcorn, soft bagels, and ribs). Also avoid chewing on ice.
  • Be sure to wear specially designed mouthguards when playing any sport that might cause you to get hit in the mouth.

Tips for Retainers

  • Always remove your retainer when you eat, drink, or brush your teeth.
  • Keep your retainer in its protective container when it is not in use.
  • Rinse your retainer in cold water and brush it every time you brush your teeth.
  • Never expose your retainer to hot water, which can melt it.
  • Beware of pets! They like to chew on retainers.
  • Keep your retainer out of direct sunlight or heat.
  • Retainers may be soaked daily or once a week in a denture cleaner, but never soak a retainer in mouthwash or peroxide.

Schedule Your Appointment

We take almost all insurances.