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We’re not all fortunate enough to be born with a perfect set of teeth, but we don’t have to go through life with dental imperfections. Orthodontic problems can come in many forms:
- Space between teeth
- Extra or missing teeth
- Wide variety of jaw, teeth, and face irregularities
Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can resolve many of these problems.
*iSmile Orthodontic Center specializes in Metal Brackets (Braces), Porcelain (Tooth Colored) Brackets, ClearCorrect™ (Invisible Braces), Invisalign® (Clear Braces), Incognito™ (Hidden Lingual Braces) and Insigna™.
Dental braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct teeth that are crowded, crooked, protruding, out of alignment or have irregular spacing. By moving the teeth into the ideal position, dental braces help to create a more attractive and healthier smile for both children and adults.
Before you can determine whether a braces option is right for you, it is important that you understand what is involved with treatment and what braces cost. We encourage you to call our office so that we can schedule a consultation for you with one of our orthodontists!
When teeth are crooked and crowded, keeping them clean becomes very difficult. If brushing and flossing cannot be completed properly, tooth decay, gum disease and possible tooth loss can occur. In addition, an improper bite can interfere with your ability to chew and speak properly, as well as cause abnormal wear to the enamel of your teeth. If your teeth are protruding and/or your upper and lower teeth don’t come together comfortably (called malocclusion, or a bad bite), jaw problems also may arise. Therefore, by keeping your teeth in the proper alignment and allowing better oral hygiene, dental braces do more than keep your smile looking good. They also help you keep your teeth, gums and oral cavity healthy.
iSmile Orthodontic Center strives to help patients of all ages achieve beautiful and healthy smiles. We offer a range of treatment plans to meet your needs. These plans involve early interceptive care, adolescent orthodontics, adult orthodontics, orthopedic care and surgical orthodontics. Braces can be for any age group, but there are optimal times to begin treatment. These days, it is recommended that children have an orthodontic evaluation at the age of 7 to determine if early intervention is needed. If recommended, early intervention optimizes results by taking advantage of a child’s skeletal bone growth and may require two-phase orthodontic treatment.
The first phase (“phase-one”) is considered interceptive orthodontic treatment as it addresses overcrowding of teeth or bite problems at an early age. As an example of interceptive treatment, a narrow upper jaw that has crowded teeth and does not fit correctly with the lower jaw can be widened with an expansion device called a “palatal expander.” This lets the upper jaw line up better with the lower jaw and allows room for upper teeth to fit in alignment. Widening the palate can only occur during a small window of time in a growing child before the bone becomes too developed to change. During “phase-one,” braces may or may not be used depending on the specific situation. After “phase-one,” there is a resting period to allow most or all of the permanent teeth to come in. Around the age of 12 or 13, “phase-two” treatment begins. During this phase, the alignment of all the permanent teeth is addressed using full braces.
If the window of time to use two-phase orthodontic treatment has passed, results can also be achieved with only one phase of treatment. However, if there is significant crowding of teeth, dental extractions may be required to create room for teeth to move into alignment. Dental extractions are another way to create space in the mouth for teeth movement.
Essentially, anyone who desires to have straighter teeth or improve their bite may be a good candidate for braces. A thorough evaluation with a qualified clinician is very important in determining whether one is a good candidate for braces. iSmile Orthodontic Center provides orthodontics for young children, teenagers, and adults. iSmile provides diagnoses and treatment plans for our patients as individuals to provide the most personal health care possible. In most cases iSmile is able to give our patients alternate treatment plans in addition to the most ideal plan.
iSmile Orthodontic Center offers metal brackets (braces) as well as porcelain (tooth colored) brackets. iSmile uses modern expanders and other appliances, as well as few different types of retainers. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. Ceramic braces are made of a translucent (clear) material. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
iSmile Orthodontic Center is happy to explain all procedures, and the risks and benefits of orthodontic treatment. We welcome you for a consultation regarding crowding, spaces, bite problems, significant or minor tooth movement.
Ceramic brackets are made of porcelain and are an option over metal brackets for patients who are either sensitive to metal or prefer a less-noticeable option. They are usually only applied to the front six teeth of the top arch due to the greatest visibility during everyday life. If a patient prefers to have complete ceramic brackets, inform the orthodontist during the consultation.
The Damon System delivers faster treatment, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistently high-quality results.
- Damon’s self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties”. With Damon tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening.
- Light, shape-memory wires move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.
- Clinically proven treatment approach that aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics—usually without extractions or rapid palatal expanders.
Our orthodontists can help you decide whether Damon Braces are the right choice for you.
For more information, please visit Damon Braces
For some patients, we are able to offer Invisalign® treatment as an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® treatment involves a series of removable, clear overlay templates called aligners. The aligners are generated based on a computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This type of treatment is popular because it is a more attractive alternative to traditional braces: clear aligners are virtually invisible compared to braces with wires and brackets. In addition, Invisalign® aligners are removable, making it more convenient to eat and brush.
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out about every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. And since your Invisalign system is custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.
Here are some steps you will need to take to get you to a brand-new smile:
- An initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist: During this visit, you’ll discuss the issues you have with your teeth and what kind of results you would like to see. Once your doctor decides your situation is suitable for Invisalign treatment, a treatment plan will be mapped out with your goals in mind. Then, impressions and pictures of your teeth will be taken for digitization purposes.
- The impressions of your teeth will be digitized in order for your doctor to work with a computerized 3-D image of your teeth. Then, your doctor will plan your tooth movements throughout your entire treatment timeline. You’ll be able to see a virtual representation of your teeth before, during, and after completion of the Invisalign process so you can see what your smile should look like when you’re done with treatment.
- From your doctor’s precise treatment plan, customized aligners are created with advanced technology for you to wear at each stage of your treatment. While the number of aligners varies for each individual situation, a full set of treatment typically includes 10-30 aligners per arch.
- You should wear your aligners at all times, with the exception of eating and drinking, in order to complete your treatment in the timeline determined by you and your doctor. You’ll go in for occasional checkups, to monitor your progress and to receive your next set of aligners. During the entire treatment process, you’ll be able to watch your teeth gradually moving into place. Your smile will, little by little, move into something you’d like to show off. The people around you will be sure to notice your new-found confidence.
The Invisalign® system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
For more information, please visit www.invisalign.com
iSmile Orthodontic Center is a Invisalign® Preferred Provider.
Invisalign trays are clear and removable, therefor being much more difficult to notice. However, Invisalign is only possible in milder cases of dental realignment. Ask the orthodontist if you qualify for Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign usually takes 12 to 16 months depending on the complexity of the condition. Braces usually take about two years. A more accurate length can be determined after a consultation because the doctor has an opportunity to diagnose the situation.
Invisalign checkups occur once every six weeks and last about ten minutes. Braces checkups happen once a month and last 20-30 minutes.
After tightening braces or receiving a new set of aligners, the teeth will feel soreness that disappears after one or two days. The soreness is mild and similar to what is experienced after strenuous exercise.
All patients require a cavity clearance from a general dentist before bonding. Cavities and cleanings should be addressed before treatment begins. Extractions may be necessary, but are not included in the price. The orthodontist will let you know if any extractions are recommended.
Invisalign comes with all the aligners, records, appointments, and x-rays. Braces come with bonding, records, check-ups, x-rays, and consultations. Related treatments are not included, and negligent care of your orthodontic appliances may result in replacement fees. A retainer is mandatory at the end of treatment and is not included.
Insurance coverage varies from plan to plan and there may be an age limit (usually 26 years old). Insurance companies usually cover orthodontics at 50% up until the plan’s lifetime maximum, which is a separate value from the yearly maximum. The only way to be certain about a plan is to speak directly with the insurance company. However, insurance estimates are not guaranteed until the payment is actually received. The patient is responsible for all payment not covered by insurance.
Once treatment has begun, we are not able to refund the full amount, but a partial refund may be given based on why, as well as how far treatment has progressed.
The biggest factor is to avoid hard and sticky foods that may pull out the wire or knock brackets loose. During sports, a mouthguard is recommended. Above all, it is critical to maintain oral hygiene throughout the entire process.
Completed orthodontic treatment does not guarantee perfectly straight teeth for the rest of your life. Teeth have memory and often try to move back to their original positions. Retainers are required to keep your teeth in their new positions. Regular retainer wear is necessary for lifetime as your body is continually undergoing growth and maturation. Minor irregularities, particularly in the lower front teeth may occur. In summary, you need your retainers to keep your teeth as straight as possible. But even with good retainer wear, your teeth may move slightly. Your orthodontist will explain to you the guidelines for wearing your retainer and maintaining your smile.
Types of retainers:
- Essix (clear)
- Hawley (wire)
- Fixed bonded (hidden)