Clear Aligners & Metal Braces

Types of Orthodontic Treatment We Offer

Clear Aligner Treatment

After more than 20 years in research, Invisalign developed the most advanced clear aligner as a discreet alternative to traditional braces. Instead of wires and brackets, clear aligners relay on innovative technology and materials to gently align your teeth. 

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces have come a long way, and they remain an efficient and effective way to straighten teeth in a short period of time. We use the Damon Ultima system where free-sliding technology uses limited pressure to gently guide your teeth into alignment. As a result, you get a more comfortable and affordable orthodontic experience, and you can even choose colorful rubber O-rings to show your unique style!

Corrective Appliances

Orthodontic appliances can correct alignment issues and protect against damage, like guards to prevent thumb sucking, athletic mouth guards, and palate expanders. Some orthodontic options prepare your mouth for the next step in treatment, like expanding your dental arches to make room for your teeth.

What are the steps to straightening your teeth?

First we will do a complimentary exam for braces.

The doctor will need to know if you have any existing cavities, because these will get worse during the time you having your orthodontic treatment done. There is a charge for this examination and X-ray which is separate from your orthodontic exam, but the cost is only $30.

Second the doctor will give you some treatment options for straightening your teeth.

Metal braces have an advantage over the clear aligners, in that they straighten the roots of your teeth better. This is important in that it gives a more stable long-term result. If the tooth roots are not straight when your treatment is finished, there is a higher chance of relapse after your treatment is finished.

Also sometimes it is adviseable to expand the upper and lower arches before starting the braces, to give the teeth more room to move into position.

Your doctor may recommend having your wisdom teeth taken out before orthodontics to simplify treatment.

Third all necessary treatment for cavities and periodontal disease treatment will be completed.

Many times patients have been in a hurry to start their orthodontic treatment, but cavities always get worse, because you can’t brush or floss as well with braces on your teeth. This is an advantage of the clear alighners, in that you can just take them out to clean your teeth.

Financial arrangements will made and all preoperative X-rays and impressions will be taken.

We will need a special X-ray called a cephalometric X-ray that takes an image from the side of your head to see how your jaws are aligned and better plan for your treatment.

Orthodontic brackets will then be placed or clear aligners will be ordered for your treatment.

It takes about 3 weeks to get the clear aligners back from the lab. Special white tabs will be placed on your teeth temporarily to help the aligners work better. They are easily removed by the dentist after treatment.

If you are getting metal braces, the upper set is usually placed first then after a couple of monthe the lower brackets are placed. This gives you more time to get used to them. The inside of the lips will adapt to the braces after a few weeks, so we first use a white wax to put on the brackets and help you get started.

Lastly you will return about every 6 weeks to have your braces or aligners checked.

You can expect to be in braces from usually about one to two years. Remember it used to take 3 to 4 years with the older style of braces. Also there is less discomfort now.

Lastly your braces will be removed and retainers made

You can expect your teeth to move for the first 3 or 4 months after your braces are completed. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice for wearing your retainers during this critical time. Later you will wear the retainers less and less. Your doctor may use a wire on the back of the teeth with composite bonding to further help your teeth avoid shifting back to the way they were.

You may want to have teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry done after your orthodontic care.

We have a really good in-office dental whitening system that takes 45 minutes and does a terrific job of whitening, with almost no sensitivity for under $300.

Our office is very skilled at cosmetic dentistry and your dentist may suggest this.