Why Should You Choose a Specialist?
Teeth and sometimes faces are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment; therefore, it is very important that the treatment is done properly.
Orthodontic specialists limit their practice to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics unless they have also qualified in another American Dental Association (ADA) recognized speciality. By completing an advanced education program following dental school, they have learned the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.
Specialists use the most advanced techniques available today, and because of their extensive training and knowledge, they can select cost-effective methods and materials for correcting individual problems.
When Should Treatment Begin?
There is no one answer to this question because each orthodontic problem determines its own best starting time. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 — or earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected by parents, the family dentist or the child’s physician.
This may surprise you because orthodontic treatment is usually associated with adolescence. An early examination, however, allows the orthodontic specialist to determine when a child’s particular problem should be treated for maximum improvement with the least time and expense. In many patients, early treatment achieves results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. ly dentist and patient. Through this cooperative effort the treatment goal is achieved — a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
What is a TAD?
TAD is an acronym for “temporary anchorage device”. The TAD is a miniature implant that we position in the mouth. It serves as an anchor for moving specific teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TADs are made of a sterile medical-grade titanium alloy. They can eliminate cumbersome appliances (e.g., headgear) and allow us to treat certain cases that were nearly impossible before this technique was refined. TADs also allow us to treat cases better and faster than ever before. TADs are truly revolutionizing orthodontic treatment.
How exactly is the TAD positioned?
Gentle pressure is used to insert the TAD into the jaw bone between specified teeth.
Having a TAD placed sounds painful. Should I be worried?
Absolutely not! It is common to ask if the procedure is painful but it is actually pain-free. You may feel slight pressure during insertion… but no pain. The entire procedure takes only a few seconds.
Do I need to get a shot?
No. This procedure is 100% pain free and needle free. You will first have a numbing gel applied to where the TAD is to be inserted. Then we spray a small amount of local anesthetic on the gums. The entire procedure is totally pain-free and there are no needles!
Will it hurt after the anesthetic wears off?
No. Some patients say they feel a little pressure for a short period afterward. Only a few patients have reported needing to use an over-the-counter medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
What if it aches the next day?
There is no call for alarm. Minor aching associated with new tooth movement is not only normal, but expected; however, if you have concerns, simply call our office or the after-hours number we provide and we’ll give you instructions and/or make an appointment to see you.
What if the TAD comes loose?
On occasion, a TAD might become a little loose. In most cases, this minor mobility is nothing to be concerned about; however, if you feel the TAD is excessively loose, or it is causing you discomfort, call the office and we’ll make an appointment to see you to determine if the amount of give is normal.
How do I keep it clean?
We’ll give you a solution with which you will brush the TAD twice daily with a toothbrush.
How long will the TAD need to stay in place?
As the name implies, the “temporary anchorage device” or TAD is temporary and is typically removed after a few months when it is no longer needed to assist in tooth movement.
Will it hurt when you remove it?
No. Before we remove it we will place numbing gel around the TAD and then back it out gently. The entire process takes only a few seconds.
I’ve never heard of TADs before. Are they new?
Not really. Orthodontists have used TADs since 1983 and oral surgeons and orthopedists have used miniature screws like this for decades longer. Recent refinements in the devices and the procedures for their use have propelled the application of TADs to a heightened level in orthodontics. With TADs, orthodontic treatment options have never been greater. We are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting technology and feel confident that your experience with it will be comfortable and the results exemplary.
This well-known type of orthodontic treatment employs brackets and wires to gradually move teeth into a pleasing, healthy arrangement. After precisely planning your orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will thread a thin wire though clear or metal brackets bonded to the front of each tooth. Gentle tension applied to the wire straightens crooked or crowded teeth, closes gaps between teeth, and corrects bite problems.
Our knowledgeable orthodontic team provides instruction on how to care for your smile while wearing braces and explains each step in the process to attain your smile goals. Treatment time for each patient varies and depends on many factors, including the severity of the problems to correct. On average, orthodontic treatment with traditional braces takes 12 to 36 months to complete.
While our dentists often recommend traditional braces for children and teens who require orthodontic treatment, metal braces aren’t just for kids! Many adults opt for traditional braces, as well. We also offer Invisalign clear braces and Six Month Braces for teens and adults who prefer a more unobtrusive orthodontic solution than traditional braces provides.
Call today to schedule your orthodontic consultation. You’ll receive customized care and one-on-one attention for an exceptional experience and a fabulous smile!
Invisalign Clear Braces
Invisalign provides older teens and adults with an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. Using a series of clear, acrylic aligners, Invisalign gently and quickly closes gaps, straightens teeth, and eliminates crowding. The aligners are comfortable to wear and easy to clean. They’re removable, too. Take them out to eat a meal, brush and floss, or attend a special event. Then, re-insert the custom-fitted aligners to continue the straightening process.
Creating Your Custom Invisalign Aligners
We use advanced technology to design custom Invisalign aligners, and a certified Invisalign lab fabricates the clear braces. No two smiles are alike, and each custom series of Invisalign aligners meets the unique requirements of each individual patient. Once you receive your aligners, simply wear each pair for about two weeks, then move on to the next set in your series.
Get on the Fast Track to a Beautiful Smile!
Treatment time is fast with Invisalign, generally 12 to 18 months. Many patients complete Invisalign treatment in less than a year.
Call today to schedule your Invisalign consultation. A dramatic new smile is within reach with Invisalign clear braces.
At our practice we’re pleased to provide modern orthodontic solutions that deliver dramatic effects. We offer a fast, comfortable, and effective method to transform smiles marred by crooked teeth. In fact, this leading-edge system is ideal for teens and adults who want to discreetly straighten the teeth that show when they smile.
Is this right for me?
If you have crowded or misaligned teeth but don’t require bite correction, then we may be the solution you’re seeking. The clear braces and tooth-colored wires quickly guide teeth into their most pleasing arrangement. Because we work quickly and unobtrusively to correct dental crowding and straighten crooked teeth, many people find this orthodontic method more attractive and affordable than other systems.
How do I get started?
To begin the treatment process, the doctor will take molds of your teeth. Technicians at a certified lab will use these molds to create your custom clear braces. You’ll visit our office every month for adjustments, and then faster than you can blink, you’ll have a stunning smile you can’t wait to show off! Treatment time ranges from four to nine months, with an average treatment time of six months for most patients.
We also offer Invisalign clear braces to esthetically improve smiles. Learn more about Invisalign solutions here
Call today to schedule your consultation. Don’t hide your smile. Transform it with Cosmetic Braces!
Innovative Orthodontic Treatments for Beautiful, Healthy Smiles
If you’re searching for an orthodontic solution in to transform your crooked, widely spaced, or crowded teeth into a stunning smile, look no further than our practice. Our highly trained and experienced general and cosmetic dentists design personalized orthodontic treatments using traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces, and Six Month Smiles. We serve children, teens, and adults at our comfortable, convenient office and deliver exemplary service for incomparable smiles.
Personalized Service, Customized Orthodontic Care
At your one-on-one consultation, the dentist will evaluate your smile and recommend the orthodontic solution that best suits your needs, budget, and expectations. Our friendly, knowledgeable team members make dental visits pleasant and deliver the top-of-the-line care residents of and surrounding areas have come to expect from our practice. Let us bring out the best in your smile! Call our orthodontic office today to schedule a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation and discover the life-changing effects of customized orthodontic care.
You might have questions about the surgeon itself. There are two types of surgeons who are specialized to this type of surgery. The first is a person who specializes in oral and maxillofacial issues. The other surgeon is one who specializes in craniofacial surgery. These surgeons normally work with an orthodontist. They do the more hands on stuff, the initial treatments before and after the surgeries are normally their area of expertise. They recommend surgery and do all of the follow up care.
There are sometimes that a plastic surgeon might be called in to do the surgery. This is very rare. The reason that this is rare is because of the training or rather lack there of with those sort of medical specialists. They do not have the education required they have just enough education, but most orthodontists do not feel it right that they do this. Normally, if you have to have this sort of surgery, one of the previously mentioned surgeons will be called. We ensure you that they do this for your own good.
One of the most hard things for people are those who have to have tools in their mouth to make corrections before or after surgery. What are we referring to when we say tools? There are two tools that people normally have to have in their mouth. The first of which are braces. Now some might be ordered to wear these before surgery. Some might also be ordered to have these put on the teeth after surgery. It just all depends on what the orthodontist suggests. The other thing that is most commonly put on the teeth or made to wear before or after surgery is a retainer. This is not as uncomfortable as the braces we mentioned.
Normally when you have surgery, to even start planning it you will meet with those that the orthodontist wants to involve as well as the orthodontist themselves. In some instances, if there should be some need for speech therapy, a speech therapist will be at this initial meeting as well. Here they will tell you all that you need to know about the procedure that you are going to have and what it will do for you. They will also tell you of any risks that might be involved. From there, they will take photographs and other things to prep for them to figure just how they are going to do that and get a game plan going. This will then be used to show you about what you can expect from such surgery by the software that they will use.
Now you might be wondering about all the gory details of the surgeries itself. Now, it is more advanced than when you have normal oral surgery. This is that they don’t cut the skin. They can go in through the mouth and make any corrections that way. They might have to wire the teeth together. This is in instances where they are realigning the jaw or something of the sorts. Normally, a person is put under through a general anesthesia. They also wear a nose tube that has oxygen. Depending on what procedure you have will determine how long the estimated time frame of surgery will be.
Once you have had this type of surgery, you can expect to feel discomfort. You might find that you are vomiting due to the blood and the reactions of the anesthesia. You will feel swelling and have bruising. You might even feel numb in areas where the nerves might have been cut. That all will go away. Directions for post operation care will be given to you so you know what to expect and when you should worry. You might also want to brace yourself because you might not be able to eat food. We are almost certain you won’t want to eat food and therefore, you can look forward to a liquid diet. There is always the risk of infection as well, so you will want to be sure that you follow all their order to ensure that you keep the infections away.
There you have it though. What you can look forward to. Many people fear great things and we can understand why you have those fears. Surgery is never a pleasant thing nor does one want to think about having it done. If you have questions concerning this, you should ask them. That is the purpose of the planning meeting that you and the doctors will have. This is a perfect time for you to ask any questions that you might have. The same thing is true after the surgery. The one thing about any surgery is that you want to know of all the risks and you will also want to know of what it is that needs to be done and if something is out of the ordinary. Your surgeon will be up front with you and totally honest with you. Do not worry about that, but now you have a better understanding of this sort of surgery.