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For Children and Adults

It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

For Adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable.

Why Braces
For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you’ll feel more self-confident. During your treatment, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.

Temporomandibular Disorder

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurrent headaches. In some cases this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. As you may imagine, these joints get quite a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD include:
Pain in the jaw area
Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
Frequent headaches or neck aches
Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
Swelling on the sides of the face
Muscle spasms in the jaw area
A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

Should you notice any of these symptoms, let us know! We can help advise you as to whether they indicate the presence of TMD, and what sort of treatment is appropriate for you.

If you don’t have any of these symptoms, let’s keep it that way! There are some simple things you can do at home or work to prevent TMD from occurring in your jaw joints:

Relax your face – remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
Avoid grinding your teeth
Avoid constant gum chewing
Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder – either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
Practice good posture – keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared
Orthodontic’s Glossary of Terms

Parts of Braces

Appliance: Anything your orthodontist attaches to your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.

Archwire: The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth along as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to their new positions.

Band: A metal ring that is cemented to your tooth and goes completely around your tooth. Bands provide a way to attach brackets to your teeth.

Bond: The seal created by orthodontic cement that holds your appliances in place.

Bracket: A metal or ceramic part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth that holds your archwire in place.

Coil Spring: A spring that fits between your brackets and over your archwire to open space between your teeth.

Crossbow (Xbow) Class II Corrector: The Crossbow is a phase one appliance that is used in patients where the upper teeth are ahead of the lower teeth. It is an alternative to the Herbst appliance in that it is not removable by the patient. It can also be used to open space for the upper canine teeth. It has the advantage over other appliances in that the spring that supplies the tooth moving force can be placed on one or both sides.

Elastic (Rubber Band): A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your appliance to provide pressure to move your teeth to their new positions.

Elastic: Tie The rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place. They come in a variety of colors.

Headgear: Headgear uses an external wire apparatus known as a facebow to gently guide the growth of your face and jaw by moving your teeth into proper position. The force is applied to the facebow by a spring-loaded neck strap or head strap. The straps have a safety release that disconnects if the facebow is pulled or snagged.

Headgear Tube: A round, hollow attachment on your back bands. The inner bow of your headgear fits into it.

Hook: A welded or removable arm to which elastics are attached.

Ligature: A thin wire that holds your archwire into your bracket.

Lip Bumper: A lip bumper is an archwire attached to a molded piece of plastic. The lip bumper holds back the molars on your lower jaw to provide more space for your other teeth.

Mouthguard: A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.

Palatal Expander: A device that makes your upper jaw wider.

Retainer: An appliance that is worn after your braces are removed, our retainers are removable.

Separator (or Spacer): A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.

Tie Wire: A fine wire that is twisted around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Wax: Wax is used to stop your braces from irritating your lips.

Orthodontic Procedures

Banding: The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your teeth.

Cephalometic X-ray: An x-ray of your head that shows the relative positions and growth of the face, jaws, and teeth.

Consultation: A meeting with your orthodontist to discuss a treatment plan.

Debanding: The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands from your teeth.

Debonding: The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.

Impressions: The process of making a model of your teeth by biting into a soft material that hardens into a mold of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use these impressions to prepare your treatment plan.

Indirect Bonding: The process of placing the brackets on the patient’s model and creating a transfer tray which is used to bond the brackets on the patient’s teeth. This improves the accuracy of the bracket position which reduces overall treatment time. It also reduces the time it takes to place the braces in the patient’s mouth.

Ligation: The process of attaching an archwire to the brackets on your teeth.

Panoramic X-ray: An x-ray that rotates around your head to take pictures of your teeth, jaw and other facial areas.

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Life with Braces

Eating with Braces
What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid
Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Loosening of Teeth
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.

Loose Wire or Band
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of Appliances
To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

Brushing
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Common Issues with Braces

Sore teeth – Teeth are usually expected to be sore after braces are placed and after each adjustment visit. You can take common over-the-counter analgesics such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen and the likes to help relieve the discomfort. A warm wash cloth can be placed over the jaw can help relieve the discomfort
Wire irritation – a wire may shift and cause irritation. Use the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab to move the wire away from the irritated area. Also, cover the end of the wire with a piece of wax given to you by the office. If the wire is long, a clean nail clipper can be used to cut off the long end.
Loose brackets – if a bracket comes loose, leave it alone and call the office to schedule a longer appointment to repair. Brackets and bands are expensive to replace. If bands come off, please bring them to your follow-up appointment for repair.
Loose separators – if a separator comes loose, you can try to re-insert the separators yourself as instructed by the doctor or you can call the office to have it replaced.
Sports/Athletics – a protective mouth-guard is advised for playing contact sports. You can buy a mouth-guard from your local pharmacy store or from our office.

Types of Braces We Provide

The Damon System

We are pleased to offer our patients new Damon System braces and treatment techniques.

Damon System braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible.

Better Results in Less Time
With the new Damon System braces, we can achieve terrific results and finish your treatment faster. Depending on your case, this may mean saving many months. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling soon!

Simplified Procedures
Damon System braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming and complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to the Office
Because Damon System braces work more efficiently, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments will be faster and fewer in number.

Greater Comfort
Due to the unique design of our new braces system, we can move your teeth into their correct positions with much less discomfort than traditional braces. Also, Damon System braces are small, very comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

Orthodontic’s Appliances
Orthodontic appliances can be used to correct the jaw shape and direct the growth toward an ideal relationship between the upper and lower jaws. Because children are growing rapidly, they can benefit enormously from an early interceptive phase of orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic appliances are often utilized in the mixed dentition stage to correct these early orthodontic problems. We utilize a wide variety of removable and fixed orthodontic appliance in this early phase of treatment.

There are two basic types of tooth movement appliances, removable and fixed. Removable appliances are made of wires and plastic and can be removed from the mouth by the patient. Their success is totally dependent on the patient’s compliance in wearing the appliance exactly as instructed. Fixed appliances are attached directly to the teeth. There is better control of tooth movement with fixed appliances. However, cooperation from the patient in maintaining excellent oral hygiene while wearing fixed appliances is essential in preventing cavities and gum disease.

Braces do most of the work moving teeth into place. But you may also need to wear dental appliances to help move and protect your teeth. Learn how your braces and appliances work, and know how to take care of them. Wearing your equipment the right way is the fastest way to straight teeth.

Braces put steady pressure on your teeth to move them into place. As your teeth move, your orthodontist will adjust the braces.

Retainer Instructions

Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
Take your retainers out when eating…and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or restaurants.)
Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but do not take the place of brushing.
When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
Retainer replacement is expensive…with proper care they will last for years!
Remove retainers when swimming.
Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

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For optimal oral health and perfect smile, your teeth need to be perfectly aligned. When designing the ideal approach to orthodontic treatment for adults, there are several factors you and your dentist should consider. The influencing circumstances such as jaw growth, missing teeth, and periodontal breakdown make treating an adult so different in comparison to an adolescent. Although these problems sometimes exist in youngsters, they occur frequently and are clearly more severe in adults.

The bodies of adults are no longer in the stages of development and would normally expect no more jaw growth to occur. Adults have their permanent teeth in place and their jawbone has formed accord to their bite. Malocclusion, which is technically termed as a bad bite, is caused either by the misalignment of teeth (dental-related problem), by the incongruity of the jawbone (bony-related problem), or by the combination of both. Of the three reasons, the bony-related malocclusion is the most difficult to manage in adult orthodontic treatment.

The irregular development of the jawbones creates an imbalance between the upper and lower jaws. Therefore, adult patients, who have longer lower jawbones (facial protrusion), may need orthognathic surgery to shorten the lengths of the lower jaws (mandibular setback procedure) and/or to increase the lengths of the upper jaws (maxillary advancement procedure). Conversely, adult patients with shorter lower jawbones (facial retrusion) may require surgical intervention to extend the lengths of their lower jaws (mandibular advancement procedure) and/or to reduce the lengths of their upper jaws (maxillary setback procedure).

Missing teeth, especially in adults, is problematic because the voids after dental extraction cause teeth to shift on their own and become misaligned. This misalignment can cause teeth to come into contact at irregular angles that causes stress on the jaw muscles, damage to the enamel, and lead to inefficient biting. This affects adult orthodontic treatment because once the teeth have been properly realigned; something must be done to prevent the teeth from drifting back into the open area. Typically, your dentist will recommend a bridge or an implant to fill the void of the missing tooth. Adolescents, however, are still developing teeth and generally would not have an issue like this.

The problem with periodontal breakdown is that it is more common to have an adult with periodontal disease, rather than an adolescent. “Periodontal” is defined as the area surrounding the tooth, which refers to the gums and bone. Having a periodontal disease, like gingivitis or periodontitis, complicates orthodontic treatment because it destroys the supporting tissues and slows downs the formation of new bone. The treatment time and the retention time therefore will be prolonged. Your dentist has to move the teeth by smaller increment at each interval and you have to wear the retainer after the active treatment for longer period.

Investing in orthodontic treatment is worthwhile in so many ways. Not only Orthodontics can straighten the teeth, it also exposes the hidden areas caused by crowding or overlapping of teeth. These hidden areas are a haven for plaque and bacteria to grow. Inhibiting bacteria growth will decrease the chance of tooth decay, gum disease, and potential tooth loss. Cleaning becomes more efficient with straight teeth because every crevice will be easier to reach and no area will go unscathed. It also makes it easier for dentists to perform treatments such as bridges and crowns when teeth are properly aligned, thus increasing the probability of a successful procedure. From a psychological perspective, people who have had orthodontic treatment completed, exuberate confidence and have a high self-esteem.

Even though the cessation of body growth and the periodontal disease pose as a challenge to adult orthodontic treatment, with the modern advance of dental technology, they are manageable. The sooner treatment is started, the sooner you will get better. No matter what age group, it is never too late. Imagine all the power and the privileges you can have with a perfect smile!

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Invisalign Cost

Here at our practice, we understand that cost can be a large factor when considering orthodontic work. Invisalign treatment is very often quite comparable to the cost of traditional braces. The cost of your treatment, as with most medical procedures, can vary based upon a number of factors based on your specific needs and goals. Factors such as the complexity of your treatment, the duration of your treatment, and number of required office visits can have an affect on the overall cost of Invisalign treatment provided by our practice. Only your doctor can accurately determine the cost of your individualized treatments. Be sure to ask all of your questions and voice your concerns about your treatment so that you can make the best informed decision possible. To learn more about Invisalign orthodontic treatments, costs, and payment or financing options, please contact our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today!

Invisalign Financing Options

CareCredit®

We are pleased to offer a variety of no-interest* and low monthly payment plans for our patients. CareCredit functions just like a regular credit card, so you can use it whenever you need to without the inconvenience of having to reapply when you require care.

Each CareCredit provider has the freedom to choose which payment plans and promotions they would like to offer. Please be sure to contact our office if you would like to learn more about which plans we offer.

CareCredit offers a wide range of payment plans to suit the treatment that you need. Our 3, 6, 12, & 18 month no-interest* payment plans feature monthly payments as low as 3% of the balance while still allowing you to pay within the specified time without incurring interest charges. Simply make at least your minimum monthly payments and be sure to pay off your entire balance within the agreed upon time period, and you won’t pay any interest-it’s that easy!

For clients that with higher treatment fees who would like the options of more time to pay and lower monthly payments, our 24, 36, 48, & 60 month extended payment plans* offer a low, 14.9% interest rate and an extended term.

Citi® Health Card – Treatments today. Payment tomorrow.

Use your Citi Health Card to get flexible payment plan options for the treatments that you and your family need. Participating providers may offer a variety of payment plans* for many procedures that may not be fully covered by your insurance provider.

If you qualify, the Citi Health Card also accesses the Citi Health MasterCard account that can be used everywhere that MasterCard credit cards are accepted. Purchases made at participating providers will be charged to the Citi Health Card account. Purchases made at other locations accepting MasterCard will be billed to the Citi Health MasterCard account.

Contact Our Office for More Information Today

We believe that our patients should have access to the best care available for the treatments that they need. If you are interested in Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, or any other of our cosmetic or restorative treatments, then call our office to schedule your no-obligation consultation today! You don’t need to endure the inconvenience of imperfections with your smile, and we look forward to serving you!

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If you have been considering Invisalign to correct an imperfection in your smile, then the chances are good that you are already aware of some of the potential benefits of Invisalign when compared to traditional braces. Something you may not be aware of, however, is the multitude of benefits to your oral health aside from the numerous aesthetic benefits of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Read on to learn even more about the many health benefits of treating your orthodontic issues with Invisalign from our practice. If you have unanswered questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact our office in order to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about our Invisalign services and whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Healthier Teeth
Crooked teeth can cause an awkward bite and can provide spaces for bacteria to accumulate and proliferate which can lead to cavities, tooth loss, and periodontal problems. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of straightening your teeth, Invisalign can also alleviate problems caused by misaligned teeth such as jaw strain, trauma to bones and joints of mastication, chipping, grinding, and uneven or abnormal wear on teeth.

Robust Gum Tissue
Crooked or misaligned teeth can have a negative impact on the overall health of the gum tissues that support them. Teeth can even become loose and leave a “pocket” where bacteria or food particles can become trapped and invite gum disease and tooth decay. Crowded teeth can also cause gum tissue to become painful, red, and swollen which can cause a wide variety of problems from tooth loss to gingivitis.

A Cleaner Mouth
The Invisalign patients at our office are able to remove their Invisalign aligners in order to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The end result is a cleaner mouth with Invisalign when compared to those treated with traditional braces. Braces have been know to trap food in hard to reach places and also to be difficult to adequately clean. Invisalign eliminates all of the hindrances that are commonly associated with orthodontic braces. We provide the expert Invisalign service that allows our patients to keep their teeth, gums, and mouths cleaner than with traditional metal braces thus preventing more cavities, mouth sores, bad breath, and tooth loss overall.

Total Health Benefits of Invisalign
Several scientific studies have confirmed what dental professionals have surmised for decades: a person’s oral health has a strong positive correlation with their overall health. In a landmark study conducted by the American Dental Association, researchers found that oral infections can contribute to far more serious medical conditions including heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, and cerebrovascular disease or stroke. Invisalign orthodontic aligners allow patients to remove them for continuance of a good oral hygiene routine thus decreasing the likelihood of cavities and oral infections that could possibly lead or contribute to more serious health conditions.

The straightening of crooked or misaligned teeth can also help to eliminate additional conditions such as chronic headaches, jaw strain or tension, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, a difficulties eating or speaking.

Contact us for Invisalign

We believe that a healthy smile is always the most beautiful smile and for this reason they strongly encourage our patients to correct their orthodontic imperfections with the Invisalign or Invisalign Teen systems. If you are interested in improving the health and aesthetics of your smile, then contact our office for your free, no-obligation Invisalign consultation today! During your visit, you will be able to discuss in detail the process and benefits of treating your orthodontic issue(s) with Invisalign. We will work with you in order to determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and will ensure that you get the most effective and appropriate care for your unique individual needs.

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Invisalign is clear orthodontic braces that are clinically proven to straighten teeth without the use of metal bracket, wires, or tensile bands.

Invisalign orthodontic treatment systems utilize a progressive series of removable clear plastic aligners that are designed to gently, gradually, and comfortably guide your teeth into the desired position resulting in a straighter, greater smile. Invisalign clear braces are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and even for special occasions where you’d feel more comfortable without them for a short period of time.

How do Invisalign Invisible braces work?
Once treatment is decided upon by you and your doctor as an appropriate treatment for your orthodontic issue, a comprehensive impression will be made of your teeth and sent to the Invisalign laboratories. At the lab, advanced 3-D computer imaging technology will be used to create a digital replica of your mouth and teeth in order to design and extrapolate the required positioning of the progressive clear plastic aligners. Then you will wear each fully customized set of aligners for two weeks at a time until your teeth have reached their desired positions and you have achieved your desired results.

Why should I choose Invisalign invisible braces?
For starters, the translucent nature of Invisalign plastic aligners creates a positive aesthetic effect from the moment that your first set of aligners is worn. Traditional metal braces would have exactly the opposite effect with all of the orthodontic hardware marring the appearance of your smile.

Invisalign aligners present all of the benefits of traditional braces without any of the inherent drawbacks associated with them. There are no wires, brackets, rubber bands, adjustments, tightening, irritation, or long term soreness in the mouth. You can completely remove your aligners whenever you need to eat, drink, brush, or floss without any interference from Invisalign! You will be able to inconspicuously transform your smile and free from all of the inconvenience of traditional metal braces with Invisalign orthodontic treatments.

Is Invisalign treatment only for adults?
Certainly not! Invisalign works well for pre-teens, teenagers, and adults of all ages. At our practice we have treated patients as young as 11 years and as wise as 80 years! Invisalign will work for almost anybody that is a good candidate and that is committed to diligently wearing their custom aligners for the duration of their treatment. You must wear your aligners at all times except when eating and brushing or flossing in order to achieve the best results within the proposed treatment time line. Commitment and persistence on your part will allow us to have the best positive impact on your teeth with their expert Invisalign treatments.

How do I get started with my Invisalign treatment?
After you contact our office and schedule your free, no-obligation Invisalign consultation with the doctor, your desired goals and expectations for your new smile will be discussed as well as the details involved in the treatment process.

Full face digital x-rays, orthodontic photographs, and customized impressions will be taken of your teeth in order to create a digital replica of your mouth.

The doctors will apply their expertise and advanced 3-D computer technology to precisely plan and execute your fully customized Invisalign treatment. After 4-5 weeks of computerized design, you will return to the office so that we can place your first set of aligners onto your teeth. Your doctor will then show you an extrapolated model of the results and smile that you can expect at the conclusion of your expert Invisalign treatment. Remember though, it all starts with your free, no-obligation consultation at our office!

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have picture-perfect straight teeth for an utterly dazzling smile? At our practice, we can understand if you are one of millions of people that are reluctant to show their smile as often as possible. Our doctors have been helping patients put the luster back into their smiles by correcting their crooked teeth, large gaps, and many other orthodontic issues for many years. One of the most effective and non-invasive tools that they use to accomplish the goals of their orthodontic patients is the Invisalign treatment system. This revolutionary orthodontic treatment has restored hundreds of thousands of smiles all over the world including many right here in your own city!

The Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatments are comprised of a progressive series of virtually invisible clear plastic aligners that are worn for two weeks at a time and then replaced by the next set in your customized treatment program. These specially designed aligners gently and gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment and desired positions millimeter by millimeter and week by week. Your treatment will be mapped out according to your specific needs and goals to ensure that your smile is literally one of a kind. You’ll even be able to see what your smile will look like upon completion of treatment before you even wear the first set of aligners!

Treatment will begin with a comprehensive consultation and a thorough physical examination of your teeth, jaws, joints, and muscles of your mouth. We will treat all of these components as a complete functional system when assessing whether Invisalign is going to be an appropriate treatment for your orthodontic needs and goals. After you and your doctors decide that you are a good candidate for treatment with the Invisalign system, precision impressions will be made of your teeth and will be submitted to the Invisalign Laboratories. Extensively trained technicians will use the latest 3-D computer modeling technology, Align Technology, to custom fabricate your custom aligners based upon the instructions provided by our office. Each set of aligners will be worn for approximately two weeks until your desired results are achieved. The typical duration of Invisalign treatments is about 12 months, but based on the severity of your case and your orthodontic goals, successful treatment may require more or less time.

In addition to the Invisalign system, our office provides Invisalign Express treatments which consists of a maximum of 10 sets of aligners and a minimum of 20 weeks of treatment, not including retainer treatment. The Invisalign Express system is ideal for patients requiring treatment involving mild movement, crowding, and rotation of teeth. Invisalign Express is an optimal solution for rebound cases for patients who have had braces before as well.

Invisalign is often the preferred method of treatment for mild to moderate orthodontic problems because of the many drawbacks of conventional metal braces. Unlike traditional braces which rely upon unsightly metal brackets and wires, Invisalign clear braces are virtually invisible and difficult for others to notice. Invisalign affords you the freedom to eat what you want because you remove them entirely from your mouth each time you eat! In addition to dining, you can remove your aligners to practice your good oral hygiene routine when you brush, floss, and gargle! Invisalign clear plastic aligners are designed to have edges that are smooth and comfortable so that you don’t experience the irritation and discomfort that traditional braces can cause.

If you have been waiting to straighten your teeth and transform your appearance, then wait no longer and contact our office to schedule your no-obligation Invisalign consultation today! There has never been a better time to start living your life with the smile that you desire than right now. Hundreds of patients have trusted their smiles to us and you should be next!

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces: Which Option is Right for You?

At our practice we understand that the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is an important one and requires careful consideration of all of the factors involved. It is imperative for you to review all of your options and to make the most informed decision possible about the type of treatment that’s right for you before committing to a proposed treatment plan. Many patients come to our practice specifically seeking treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen systems, but in some cases metal braces can still be one of the best options to treat some orthodontic cases. To learn about the superior benefits that Invisalign offers over traditional braces, or if you have questions that aren’t answered here-contact our dedicated team for a free Invisalign consultation.

Aesthetics
For the vast majority of our Invisalign patients, the number one advantage that Invisalign has over traditional metal braces is the transparent nature of the plastic aligners. The overall goal of orthodontic treatment for most of our patients is to improve the beauty of their smile. Even though temporary, unsightly traditional metal braces are often a distant second to the clear aligners of Invisalign, and even more so for our adult patients who need to maintain a professional appearance. If necessary, Invisalign patients can simply remove their aligners for a meeting or special occasion-an option that just isn’t available with traditional braces.

Comfort
Invisalign is comprised of clear plastic aligners that are designed to have smooth edges instead of the harsh and sharp edges of metal braces. The plastic aligners of Invisalign do not irritate the gums and mouth like metal braces have notoriously been known to do. Braces also require frequent adjustments, tightening, and placement of strong rubber bands that can all cause soreness and discomfort of the mouth. Invisalign patients might feel a small amount of discomfort when wearing the next set of aligners in the series of their treatment, but it dissipates quickly and never as severe as metal braces can be.

Duration of Treatment
Orthodontic treatment with traditional braces can require several years to achieve desired results, but Invisalign achieve expected results in a much shorter amount of treatment time. Patients requiring only minor orthodontic correction, the Invisalign Express system could a viable treatment option to attain desired results in a matter of months and not years. Conventional metal braces often require many office visits for tightening and adjustments whereas Invisalign patients can switch to their new set of aligners in the comfort of their own home and schedule.

Oral Hygiene
The Invisalign and Invisalign Teen orthodontic treatment systems allow patients to maintain a higher level of good oral hygiene. Traditional braces require meticulous cleaning routines that make proper oral hygiene time consuming and laborious. There are also restrictions associated with metal braces because some foods can become lodged in or between spaces in the hardware. Invisalign clear braces are meant to be removed for eating and drinking which makes proper oral hygiene like brushing and flossing more convenient and effective as well. As mentioned before, Invisalign aligners are removed for eating so there are no food restrictions and much less opportunity for food to come into contact with the aligners.

Cost
One of the biggest concerns that our patients bring to us is the worry that Invisalign treatments will cost much more than traditional braces which is certainly not always the case. In truth, Invisalign costs are often very comparable to the cost of metal braces when all aspects of treatment are considered. There are some instances where Invisalign is actually more cost effective than traditional braces depending on the scope of treatment and the overall number of office visits required for the entirety of treatment. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign costs and financing options, then contact our office today. We offer a number of affordable payment plans and financing options that can help Invisalign fit into most budgets.

Convenience
The overwhelming majority of our patients agree that Invisalign clear braces are far more convenient than traditional metal braces. With Invisalign clear braces there are fewer visits to the dentist and shorter overall treatment times when compared to traditional braces. You can even switch to your next set of aligners at your home and on your schedule. You will also enjoy an enhanced ability to keep your mouth healthy because you can continue your normal oral hygiene routine with Invisalign treatments. There are no food restrictions like with metal braces with Invisalign due to the fact that patients remove the aligners before eating and drinking. Two persistent complaints from patients treated with metal braces is that they are difficult to clean, and that they are uncomfortable after tightening or adjusting them. Invisalign offers the awesome results of traditional braces without any of the major drawbacks that they present.

Contact Our Office for Invisalign
The first order of business when deciding whether Invisalign is going to be an appropriate treatment for your orthodontic needs is to have an Invisalign trained professional assess your candidacy for treatment. Invisalign treatments are ideal for correcting minimally or moderately crooked teeth and gaps in a patient’s smile. For severe cases of crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth and bite problems, then traditional braces may be better able to achieve the desired results. To learn whether you are a suitable Invisalign candidate, contact our office to schedule your in-depth, free, no-obligation consultation today. Our dedicated professionals and support staff will help you to make the most informed decision possible about your available orthodontic treatment options. With Invisalign or Invisalign Teen we can get you started on the path to an amazing smile without the negative side effects of traditional braces.

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Treatment With Invisalign®

For the longest time, traditional braces have been the go to treatment for crooked teeth and bite issues. This is because traditional braces offer a treatment that is stable and effective. However, traditional braces also have a reputation for being uncomfortable and for cutting patients’ tongues and gums. It is for these reasons, among others, that more and more patients have been making the change to Invisalign®. Invisalign offers a treatment that is comfortable and invisible. And, it is just as capable at treating a large variety of different conditions. Today want to tell you about just some of the conditions Invisalign currently excels at treating.

A Treatment for Your Needs
There are many different conditions that Invisalign makes a good treatment for. Some of these include:

Gapped Teeth: It is possible for gaps to form between your teeth because of abnormal growth of your jawbone or because of teeth drifting into the spots left by missing teeth. This can lead to various gum problems as well as periodontal disease.
Overcrowded Teeth: When your jaw simply doesn’t have enough room to comfortably hold all of your teeth, overcrowding can occur. This often results in severely crooked teeth, which can lead to conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Overbite: Also known as overjet, overbite is the condition where your upper teeth overlap your lower teeth every time you bite. This is generally caused by bad genetics or bad oral habits, and can lead to further complications such as gum irritation and joint problems.
Underbite: The opposite of overbite, underbite occurs when your lower teeth overlap your upper teeth when biting. This is typically caused by overgrowth of your lower jawbone or undergrowth of your upper jawbone, and can lead to problems such as jaw pain and increased tooth wear.
Open Bite: When some of your upper and lower teeth are unable to touch when you bite, it is called open bite. Generally caused by having an abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb sucking, open bite can lead to painful chewing and speech impairment.
Crossbite: When your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, it can cause some of your upper teeth to bite on the inside of your lower teeth. If ignored, this condition can lead to increased wear on your teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.

Call and Schedule a Consultation

Whether you are suffering from crooked teeth or crossbite, there is a treatment available using Invisalign. And, the people behind Invisalign are constantly working on their technology. In fact, the recent addition of precision cuts has allowed Invisalign to treat even more different bite issues. If you would like to find out if there is an Invisalign treatment for your needs, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to working with you soon.

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The Making of Invisalign®

There is a lot to be said about the Invisalign system and the many benefits that can give patients seeking a way to straighten their teeth without the hassles of more traditional methods. Invisalign® is a clear, removable aligner that can be slipped on and off at your convenience and it will effectively straighten our teeth. Invisalign results and treatment process are so effortless that it almost seems like magic. Invisalign’s “magic” starts with computer software and innovation. Invisalign was first conceptualized by computer scientist named Zia Chisti, who wanted to create an aligner that would correct his shifted teeth after not maintaining his retainers post treatment with braces. Today, Invisalign has become the preferred teeth straightening system over traditional braces because of its convenience and results. Read on to discover how technology comes together to create a special product that is personalized to your own oral code.

Creating the Aligners
The first steps in creating your personalized aligners is taking X-rays, photographs, and bite registrations of your teeth. Impression are then made and sent to Align Technology to be scanned by a topography scanner. Align technology is the company that manufactures Invisalign and other Invisalign products. Once the impressions are scanned, a 3D presentation of your teeth can be visualized on a computer screen.

Computer technicians then use a computer software called Treat, that will create the various stages of aligners that will encompass your treatment. Aligners made depends upon your treatment plan, but can rage from 6-48 aligners. Another software called Clincheck is then used by doctors to allow them access in tweaking or altering the aligners before the manufacturing process.

The manufacturing process utilizes another computer software called CAD-CAM or computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing. This software first creates molds of your aligners that will be made out of a photosensitive liquid resin, that when exposed to laser, turns into a hard plastic. Aligners are then made from a thermoplastic material that will produce the virtually invisible results that Invisalign is famous for.

Aligners are intended to be worn for 20 hours a day, which allows you 4 hours to manage your time accordingly. Each aligner will move .33 millimeters for your 2-3 week treatment segments. Being able to have the freedom to take of your teeth straightening system is truly a gift because it saves you from embarrassment of having to be in social situations with a mouth full of metal braces. Treatment of Invisalign lasts only up till 13.5 months which is half the time it takes braces to complete its treatment.

We strive to provide our patients with the most technologically advanced dental products, and Invisalign is no exception. Invisalign is growing as the most desired and popular teeth straightening system due to its multiple benefits. The Invisalign system is a product that is created with computer technology, which produces a system that is calculated and precise. If you have any further questions regarding Invisalign or would like to discuss your Invisalign options and candidacy, please contact us for your FREE, no-obligation consultation today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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THE HISTORY OF TEXAS

THE HISTORY OF TEXAS
Through most of its early history Texas was settled by various native tribes. The first Europeans arrived in 1519 when Spanish conquistadors came to the area. However the early Europeans saw little of value to keep them in Texas so the first settlement did not occur until 1682 when a small French Colony was established. This colony only lasted a couple of years but it was enough to encourage the Spanish to set up new colonies in the region. In large part this was done to claim the area for Spain and to keep the French from expanding the Louisiana Territory into Texas.

The Spanish would rule Texas as part of its American colonies for the next hundred and forty years. Although only a very small number of people settled in the area. However in 1821 Mexico including Texas won its independence from Spain. The new Mexican government proved to be very unpopular in Texas and almost immediately there was a push for independence. In an attempt to gain independence Texas actively recruited settlers from the United States in the hopes that if there were enough Americans living in the region the US would support them in the fight.

The Texas revolution began in 1835 and would last for about a year. Because of the very small population of Texas there was very little actual fighting, although the Alamo has become famous as a battle site from the war. In reality Texas won its independence mostly by default. The Mexicans were largely unable to administer the region properly so they put up little real resistance to Texas becoming an independent country which occurred in 1836.

Although Texans take great pride in having once been an independent country the truth is the brief period that they were independent were a nightmare for the people who lived there. The Texans proved no more capable of administering the area than the Mexicans had been. The result was a great deal of internal conflict as well as many disputes with the native population. As a result in 1845 at the request of the Texas government the area was annexed by the United States.

Texas would only remain a part of the union for a brief period before leaving again in 1861 at the start of the Civil war. As a member of the Confederacy they fought against the union during the war although there were few actual battles in Texas. Following the war Texas went through a period of reconstruction however as there had been few battles in the state and they had not had a large cotton producing industry anyway they came through it better than the other confederate states. Over the course of the twentieth century Texas has become one of the wealthiest states in the US due largely to cattle and oil production.