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•You will experience shorter treatment times because we use high-tech, super-elastic wires and Damon® System self-ligating brackets and INVISALIGN(CLEAR ALIGNERS) •You will not have headgear or Herbst appliances, and rarely are permanent teeth extracted •Your treatments are interactive, meaning we work with our patients to keep you actively involved in your treatment giving you a fun, educational experience •You want a great smile, and we want to help you achieve the smile and the confidence you deserve ADULT TREATMENTS: It is never too late for orthodontic treatment, and braces are not just for kids. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, malocclusion (crooked teeth and misaligned jaws) leads to a variety of problems aside from being unaesthetic. Crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean and, as a result of inadequate oral hygiene, are more prone to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protrusiveness of upper incisors makes them more susceptible to trauma and fractures. Deep bites contribute to excessive wear of lower teeth due to excessive forces being applied to them. Open bites prevent patients from correct swallowing, impede their talking ability and make biting into a sandwich difficult, if not impossible, in some severe cases. Crossbites contribute to uneven facial esthetics and unfavorably influence growth. Many patients with crossbites also encounter temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and experience joint pain. So it is not only for good looks that straight teeth are better for you! Harmonious occlusion and straight teeth function better and create a healthier you Consequently, it is never too late to improve the health of your mouth, teeth and your gums. A straight and beautiful smile also improves your personal appearance and boosts your self-esteem, not to mention it is what people first notice about you! The advancements in orthodontic treatment over the years have made orthodontic treatment a lot more comfortable, esthetic and efficient. In addition to traditional metal braces, many alternatives exist today. The clear braces are very esthetically pleasing and hardly noticeable. If traditional braces are not for you, clear aligners (Invisalign) are also available in some cases. Please visit your orthodontist today to find out more. What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a series of invisible aligners (mouth trays) used in a specific sequence to straighten teeth. In other words, they are an invisible way to straighten teeth. The aligners are translucent and removable. They are specifically fabricated to custom fit your mouth and progress in series to produce desired tooth movement. As specified by your doctor, you will wear the given set of aligners for a period of time (usually 2 or 3 weeks per aligner set) and, after the given time, move on to the new set of aligners. The doctor might give you 2-3 sets of aligners at the time. Please follow the specific instructions given by your doctor closely, since inconsistent wear of aligners will negatively affect your treatment. In some cases, if the patients do not follow the specific instructions, treatment might have to stop and be revised, resulting in additional charges. As you might have seen on the television commercials, the aligners are designed to invisibly straighten teeth without anyone knowing and not affecting your appearance and making you self-conscious about your mouth. You can also eat and drink what you are used to. However, in order to make the whole process a complete success, a patient’s great cooperation is essential. Visit the Invisalign site EARLY TREATMENT: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic consultation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problem or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be indicated, but comprehensive examination may help to determine the best time to begin treatment. In many cases, early orthodontic treatment is indicated, and its results are so beneficial because they enable the jaws to better align, help to create room for the developing permanent dentition and may save the patient from having the need to have the teeth extracted in the future. Early orthodontic treatment also lessens the degree of future treatment, or in other words, maximizes the growth potential and offers greater opportunity for more effective treatment; thus, if treatment is needed at a later date, it’s simplified Early treatment is often called interceptive treatment or Phase One treatment. Some of the many benefits of early treatment are: Create room for crowded/unerupted teeth Create ideal facial symmetry and more harmonious jaws relations Eliminate future need for extraction of permanent teeth or jaw surgery Prevent impaction of canine teeth Raise the self-esteem of self-conscious children Reduce the risk of fracture of front teeth by eliminating their protrusiveness Reduce treatment time with braces Make later treatment easier and more comfortable First visit: Your initial appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation by the orthodontist and an assessment if and/or when orthodontic treatment is indicated. We evaluate the patient’s facial and skeletal growth as well as examine the alignment of the teeth and the function of the jaws as well as their relationship. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, potential treatment options will be discussed. Some patients may not be ready for orthodontic treatment at this time; thus, they will be placed in our recall system until ready. There is no discomfort during this appointment and average amount of time that this appointment takes is 30 minutes. Some of the common questions during the first visit are: Is orthodontic treatment indicated? Is treatment needed now, or should treatment be postponed until permanent teeth erupt or appropriate growth completed? If treatment is indicated, what would it consist of? How long will the treatment take? How much will the treatment cost? What are the payment options? How often would I have to come in for an appointment? How much would my insurance cover and what will be the out-of-pocket portion? Do any teeth need to be removed? During this initial visit, we will give you answers to these questions as well as address any other specific questions you may have. We know that your time is valuable, so to expedite your treatment, if you would like, we may also use the time during the initial appointment for the diagnostic records. Diagnostic records include X-rays, photos and impressions for study models and are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. While we are often able to answer some of the general questions about treatment during the initial examination, we will address specific areas after careful analysis of the diagnostic records. Each patient’s needs are unique; thus, a personalized treatment plan will be presented to you during your next appointment. Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit: If your child has a recent panoramic X-ray (taken within the past six months), you may ask your dentist to provide us with the copy. If you have orthodontic insurance coverage, please bring your insurance card to your first visit, so we may be able to give you an estimate of your cost.

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