If teeth are rotated, overlapping, or large gaps are present, orthodontics can re-position teeth into a more esthetic and properly functioning position. Malpositioned teeth may also lead to long term conditions such as wear, hygiene problems, muscle and jaw joint pain, as well as an undesirable look. Orthodontics can vary from using a simple removable retainer, conventional or clear brackets (known as braces), or Invisalign®, a series of invisible clear trays used to reposition teeth without the use of brackets. Standard metal braces are made of stainless steel containing approximately 70% nickel, a known carcinogen and immune reactant. Our office uses nickel-free brackets and wires, or ceramic brackets as a safer alternative.
Functional Orthopedics is the use of different removable appliances to correct skeletal (bone) defects that cause overbites, narrow arches (crowding) and cross bites. This is often done in the early mixed dentition years (6-10 years) to make early corrections and aid the child’s mouth and jaws to develop normally. This may reduce the treatment time of future orthodontic treatment, or eliminate it altogether. By developing and correcting the bone foundation, crowding is corrected, therefore reducing the need for removal of permanent teeth. After space is made for the teeth, Orthodontics (braces) is done to correct the alignment and refine the smile.
Helping you prevent the need for dental work is always our primary goal. When certain problems or conditions are present, they need to be addressed and restored back to a healthy, properly functioning state.
While in our office, you can expect to receive state-of-the-art care in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Our preservation page also lists the cleaning and periodontal services we offer, as well as preventative tips to maintain a healthy mouth.