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Braces & Invisalign

BRACES

Properly aligned teeth and jaws can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems as well as give your child an attractive smile.  Both traditional braces and Invisalign are performed in our office.

What is the best time for orthodontic evaluation? A child should be evaluated by the age of 7.  Bad bites can be recognized as early as 2-3 years of age on most children.

Why Early Treatment with Baby Teeth?

Early treatment, usually from age 5 to 12, can help with bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, crowded teeth, deep bite, jaw joint problems, airway problems, and thumbsucking habits.  It can also help prevent removal of adult teeth, “fang-like” tooth appearance, lengthy use of braces, and speech difficulties.

Research has shown that orthodontic problems is easily corrected when the patient’s skeleton is still growing and flexible. By correcting the problems at a younger age we can prepare the mouth for the eventual eruption of the permanent teeth. If the permanent teeth have adequate space to erupt they will come in fairly straight and this diminishes potential crowding problems significantly.

Permanent Teeth Treatment:

This stage deals with the permanent teeth and the development of the final bite relationship. Invisalign and traditional braces are used at this stage to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

INVISALIGN

Invisalign invisibly straightens your teeth with a series of custom-molded aligners

Forget everything you’ve heard about teeth straightening. Because now there’s breakthrough technology that lets you get the smile you always wanted without bands, brackets, or wires.

A clear alternative

By using a series of clear removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Change them about every two weeks, and your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have moved to the final position. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

Less treatment time

A typical Invisalign case takes about a year from start to finish. You’ll see your doctor every month or two to see how you’re progressing. Every few visits, you’ll be given additional aligners to continue your treatment. Commonly, the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but treatment time and the number of aligners will vary from case to case.

Invisible and comfortable

Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution. So you won’t draw undue attention to your mouth while in treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell. Comfortable to wear, our aligners are also removable so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss as usual.

Is Invisalign for me?

Invisalign can be used to treat the vast majority of common problems. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites.

Look your best during treatment

Invisalign is clear and practically invisible, so nothing gets in the way of your new smile. No wonder Invisalign is the choice of over half a million people.

* Unobtrusive at school or social gatherings
* No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
* Most people won’t notice you’re wearing aligners

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Some people are affected more than others, but most adjust in a short period of time to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.

How often will I have to wear my aligners?

Invisalign only works while you’re wearing the aligners. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can determine the price of treatment. It is typically in the same range as ordinary metal braces, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 or more, depending on the requirements of your case.

Does Invisalign really work?

Yes.  Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Any insurance plan that covers orthodontics should cover Invisalign.