We offer traditional braces for kids and adults starting at age 11 or as soon as the adult canine (I-teeth) have erupted. We not only straighten teeth for cosmetic and functional reasons but we believe as part of the oral systemic health connection that it is highly important to reduce plaque and bacteria that accumulate around crooked and overlapping teeth which makes straighter teeth much easier to clean. Of course each person’s case is different but the average time in braces is from one to one and a half years.
People may require orthodontic treatment for different problems:
- Front teeth protrusion (overjet):
Treatment not only improves the patient’s appearance but also protects the teeth from damage.
People with protruding teeth are more likely to injure them in sports or during a fall.
If the patient’s jaw is narrow, there may not be enough space to accommodate the large teeth in the small mouth.
- Deep bite(overbite):
When teeth are clenched, the upper teeth come down over the lower teeth too much.
- Open bite:
When teeth are clenched, there is an opening between upper and lower teeth.
The upper teeth are too far back or the lower teeth are too far forward giving a “bulldog” appearance.
At least one of the upper teeth does not come down to meet the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched, they are too near the cheek or the tongue or when one or more of the upper and lower teeth are on the reverse side of each other when the teeth are clenched.
- Reverse bite ( a severe crossbite):
When the teeth are clenched all the upper teeth bite inside the lower ones.
There are gaps or spaces between the teeth either because a tooth is missing or the teeth are too small to accommodate a larger mouth ( the opposite of crowding).
Our philosophy is not to jump to surgical means such as pulling teeth or breaking and moving jaw relationships. We take a more conservative approach with the use of expansion (butterfly expander therapy) to widen the arch for reverse bite, crossbite and severe crowding cases. It’s a fixed appliance in which the patient uses a key once a day to simply turn a small amount to expand the arch slowly over three to six months’ time. This appliance is normally recommended for those 20 years of age and younger when needed.
The other method used in conjunction with expansion or on its own is the use of IPR (Interproximal Reduction). It’s not a new technique. It has been around since the 1940’s and is making a come back to prevent surgical intervention. It creates the option to gain space by modifying some of the outer tooth surface, called enamel, usually between teeth that touch. This method does not damage the teeth because it’s very small increments (millimeters) of enamel which are removed between some of the teeth to gain space when needed. It is a quick and easy procedure done with precision and expertise by your professional. So when considering one’s options you might ask yourself, Do I want to go through the expense and suffering of jaw breakage surgery or taking several teeth out? We are taking the easiest and least invasive approach to orthodontics to reduce time and cost and discomfort in order to get to a natural, functional and cosmetic result.
After braces it is very important for each person to wear retainers to keep the newly teeth straight which is included in the cost of our braces. We recommend retainers be worn for 8 hours a day or just simply sleep in them for approximately one year. Then after about a year of wearing your retainers taper down to 20 minutes a day which can be done while taking a shower or watching your favorite TV program.
The orthodontic braces system is safe, efficiently fast, natural, easy and affordable. Please contact our office today for a comfortable, friendly and free consultation to give us the opportunity to improve your confidence and well being.