Treatments

For many people, orthodontics is synonymous with braces, but that’s not really true anymore. Today, we have a large array of treatments that different needs for patients. Stick around to read about some of our most popular treatments below.

Treatment for Kids and Teens

The ideal age to be screened for orthodontic issues is seven years of age because the first permanent molars have typically erupted by this stage and common orthodontic issues such as crowding and crossbites can be accurately detected and treated.

Early treatment can be very beneficial for patients who are eligible for it because it allows the doctor to monitor and direct jaw growth. The doctor can regulate the bite relationship, the width of dental arches, make the necessary space to accommodate permanent teeth while avoiding permanent extractions, and reduce the possibility of impacted teeth.

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What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a modern and updated approach to straightening your teeth. This system consists of a set of clear aligners that are manufactured to fit your smile perfectly. Your entire treatment is designed using 3-D computer imaging to indicate each movement. These clear aligners are highly effective and will allow you to continue living life at your pace.

Why Would I Want It?

Why not? Invisalign®’s clear aligners offer a comfortable fit with no metal or wire components. The aligner trays are made of proprietary Smart track material which is virtually invisible to the naked eye. And the best part? Unlike braces, these aligners are completely removable. This means that you will be able to enjoy all the foods and drinks you love as long as you remove your aligner first!

How Does It Work?

Your doctor plans out each movement of your teeth using Invisalign’s proprietary software. You then receive a set of aligners to wear during your treatment. Each week or every other depending on what the dr. says, you will switch to the next aligner in the set until your treatment is complete. Typically, treatment using Invisalign lasts 9-16 months.

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Clear Braces

What would you say if I told you that you could have all of the benefits of braces but in a discreet version without any metal brackets or wires? Well, it’s true, we have the option to have clear or natural tooth-colored braces. These braces are less noticeable than traditional braces but offer the same great benefits.

What is the Difference Between Clear Braces and Clear Aligners?

Clear braces work the same way as metal braces but without the well, metal. Clear braces blend into the teeth making them more difficult to spot!

Clear aligners such as Invisalign®, work differently than clear braces. Clear aligners are made of a flexible plastic material that fits over your teeth similar to a mouthguard. These aligners are highly recommended for patients who require a small amount of orthodontic correction.

Why Would I Want Clear Braces?

Clear braces offer an alternative to traditional metal braces that is much more aesthetic. Clear braces give you the same great results as their metal counterparts but with an added level of discreetness.

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Orthodontics for Adults

With more options on the market to address the needs of adults, more adult patients are deciding to take control of their oral health and seek orthodontic treatment. It is important to remember that teeth can move at any age as long as they are generally healthy. You are never too old to receive orthodontic treatment, we can help you achieve that smile you have always longed for.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The temporomandibular joint serves to connect the jaw to the skull. Pain in this joint area is identified as Temporomandibular Disorder. This joint is just like others in the body and can experience disorders such as ankylosis, arthritis, and dislocations.

TMD Symptoms Include:

  • Biting/chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Headaches/earaches in the morning
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Reduced ability to open/close the mouth

If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our office to receive a diagnosis and treatment.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing or to breathe very slowly while sleeping. During the night, a sleep apnea patient can experience these interruptions to their breathing as many as 30 times per hour. Due to the interruptions, the body cannot get the full rest necessary to thrive during the day.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three main variations of sleep apnea. The most common type is OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Approximately eight out of ten people who suffer from sleep apnea have OSA. This type of sleep apnea involves a physical blockage of the airflow and typically includes snoring.

Central sleep apnea is triggered by problems in the central nervous system while combination sleep apnea presents itself in patients who have a physical block of airflow and issues in the central nervous system concurrently.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

To the patient, it may not be obvious that they suffer from sleep apnea. While patients with sleep apnea wake up constantly, they typically do not remember it or associate it with a bad dream. However, if another person witnesses the patient waking up during the night, then he or she will notice sleep apnea.

Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Feeling tired throughout the day
  • Experiencing reduced reaction time
  • Struggles with vision
  • Lapses in concentration
  • Struggles falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Loudly snoring
  • Waking up feeling short of breath
  • Making snorting or choking sounds at night
  • Having unexplained, frequent headaches

Treatment

Our practice does not specialize in ENT but we can help you determine if it is necessary to follow up with a specialist.