How Do Orthodontics Work for Me?

Orthodontic treatment is used to fix malocclusions and misalignments. If your bite is not aligned properly or your teeth are crooked, you could benefit from treatment. We can help you decide if braces or another type of treatment is right for you. At your consultation, our dentists can diagnose your orthodontic problems and determine the best treatments for…

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Candidates for Lingual Braces

Lingual braces were first developed in the 1980s, and several brands are available. They are similar to conventional metal braces, but the brackets and wires are designed to attach to the backs, or tongue side of the teeth. They are not visible when you smile. They are customized according to your needs and are typically worn…

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Is Invisalign the Right Option for Me?

Do you often find yourself hiding your smile when meeting new people or having your picture taken? Are you embarrassed about the way your teeth look? Orthodontics can fix your smile, but if you want to avoid the look and feel of braces, clear aligners might be a better fit. Our orthodontist can help you…

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History of Braces

Hippocrates was the first to describe orthodontic problems around 400 B.C., but the roots of modern orthodontics extend all the way back to ancient Egypt. Archaeologists have found mummies with metal bands attached to their smiles, and believe these were crude attempts to move teeth. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used metal bands to attempt…

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What are TADs?

TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are implants placed before braces and removed afterwards. The purpose of these devices can vary, but the goal is generally to ease more complex tooth movements. Here is more about temporary anchorage devices and the ways that patients benefit from them. Overview of Temporary Anchorage Devices These devices are much…

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How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Self-ligating braces, such as Damon braces, have different brackets from those of conventional braces. As a result, they offer impressive benefits related to treatment speed, comfort, and other factors. Below is a look at how this popular treatment works and what it offers patients of all ages. Overview of These Braces This treatment uses self-ligating…

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What Is Propel Orthodontics?

Propel orthodontics make it easier for braces to straighten teeth, resulting in faster results for patients. The way Propel works is through alveocentesis, which essentially involves stimulation of growth in the tissues that hold teeth stationary. Below, you can read more about Propel and its benefits. What Propel Does Acceleration of bite correction with Propel…

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What is Osteoperforation?

Osteoperforation is the practice of making small perforations in the bone that supports the teeth in order to speed orthodontic changes. In the past, similar effects were only achieved with surgery, which required a healing period. Propel, the method our dentist uses for making these perforations, can be combined with any type of braces for…

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Best Time for Orthodontic Treatments

For patients with crooked teeth, orthodontics offer improved oral health, appearance, and comfort. These benefits are the same at any age, but having treatment performed during a specific stage can be beneficial depending on the patient. Here are some things that affect the best time for braces. Most Benefits Are Similar Across Age Groups No…

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Benefits of TADs

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are basically orthodontic implants used to anchor braces. These devices are implanted in the gums at the start of treatment and removed afterwards. Not all patients need temporary anchorage devices, but those who do may get the following benefits from them. Prevention of Unwanted Tooth Movements Straightening teeth with braces…

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How Do Incognito Braces Work?

Incognito is a special type of lingual braces made by 3M. While the placement and principles are similar to those of regular lingual braces, the structure of the braces is unique. Here is how the treatment works. Bite Impressions and Customization The first step towards Incognito is the taking of bite impressions, which are used…

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Effectiveness of Invisalign

There is no question that Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today. However, treatments should be assessed in terms of effectiveness in every case, and Invisalign is no exception. Here is an overview of how effective Invisalign is in the ways that matter. Discretion Discretion is easily the major selling point…

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