What we treat and how we treat it
We know your life is busy. That’s why we pack a lot into your first visit. During your first visit we will learn about you, take necessary records, diagnose your case, and present your treatment plan and any associated costs. That’s right! Before you’re done with your first appointment, you’ll know why you may need orthodontic treatment and what we will do to improve your teeth and your smile.
Everyone’s diagnosis is based on individual issues and needs. Your friend’s or relative’s orthodontic treatment plan may not match your diagnosis. But, in general, orthodontia patients receive treatment for similar issues that are most often treated with braces:
- Overbites: When the upper teeth protrude too far over the lower teeth.
- Underbites: When the lower teeth come out too far in front of the upper teeth.
- Crowding: When teeth are too close together.
- Spacing: When gaps exist between teeth.
- Crossbites: When upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth near the tongue.
- Openbites: When gaps are obvious between the upper and lower teeth as a patient bites together.
Traditional braces are, of course, the most common orthodontic treatment. And while metal braces are used the most, we have other options available:
- Clear and ceramic braces are less visible because they blend with the color of your teeth.
- We are a certified provider of Invisalign®, the popular treatment known for its discreet, invisible look.
Other orthodontic solutions
Sometimes, we need to offer a treatment solution that supplements braces. These appliances help correct a variety of issues:
- A bite plate aids in correcting a deep bite or overbites.
- Distalizers are generally used before you get braces to correct an overbite.
- Headgear may be prescribed before or during treatment with braces to correct an overbite or underbite in children who are still growing.
- A lip bumper provides space for crowded lower teeth.
- Maxillary expanders are used for people who have a narrow upper jaw or crossbite.
- Retainers—either permanently affixed to teeth or removable—make sure your new orthodontic treatment stays put.
- A space maintainer, for children who are missing one or more baby teeth, holds the place of a permanent tooth and guides it into place.
- A splint helps patients experiencing jaw symptoms including pain by repositioning the jaw.