The American Association of Orthodontists & our office recommend that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age seven. An early examination can lead to simpler, less expensive and more effective treatment for the patient or, at the least, greater peace of mind.
Sometimes used as a stand alone, but also in conjunction with other orthodontic therapy, removable appliances are similar to retainers, but due to their ability to also shape and remodel bone, are more orthopedic in nature. These are commonly referred to as palatal expanders or sagital appliances and are used in early treatment to correct and re-capture the proper growth and development of your child. This may be part of a phase I treatment in Interceptive Orthodontic treatment.
Beyond their traditional color, the only thing traditional about these braces is that you can see them. Contemporary braces are made of super strong metal alloys derived from the space program. Their strength allows them to be the smallest of all braces and therefore the most comfortable. Their density makes them ultra slippery so teeth move faster than they ever have before. We utilize the Viazi triangular bracket for three point contact, rather than four. This also allows for faster, easier and less painful orthodontic movement. Today's braces, in combination with other high tech materials mean fewer office visits to complete treatment.
Sometimes referred to as Invisalign, these series of clear aligners are worn 24/7 for approximately the same amount of time as traditional braces. These are not for every patient as they are somewhat limited in what they can or cannot accomplish. Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional brackets. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding and a responsible patient. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear, but just as easily misplaced or lost.