“We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities.” — Mark Montano, host of TLC's, 10 Years Younger (1).
Straight teeth are important in all age groups for self-confidence and willingness to smile. We recently treated two patients on the opposite side of the age scale: one was 8 years old and the other was 62. Both had self-esteem issues due to their crowded and crooked teeth. Because of this, neither patient ever smiled. However, after treatment, the 8 year olds parents said his confidence was boosted exponentially and he would now smile freely. The 62 year old experienced the same result. Straightening their teeth was a monumental milestone that increased their self-confidence and willingness to smile.
When your orthodontic treatment is provided by our dentists, you can expect to have excellent results in a shorter amount of time compared to traditional braces. The standard of care at our office exceeds the typical standard of care at most other offices around the country. This is because we are constantly improving on how we provide orthodontic treatment by utilizing the most current techniques, technology, research-based approaches and continuing education.
We take a full face and airway-centered approach to our orthodontic treatments that are custom for each patient. Full face approach meaning we work with the facial esthetics of the patient to help diagnose the treatment protocols. No longer do we need to extract teeth to make space for crowded teeth. Airway-centered approach meaning we focus on the patient’s airway to help develop a diagnosis for the appropriate treatment. The literature is replete with studies showing the importance of nose breathing, correct tongue posture and a clear airway to develop healthy, uncrowded dental arches. We work closely with local ENT doctors to resolve airway obstructions that could negatively impact the facial and dental development of our patients.
We incorporate 3-D imaging into our treatment diagnosis in order to view the airway, exact location and position of teeth (including impacted teeth), and facial symmetry. This helps us determine a very specific treatment plan for each patient. Even though 3-D imaging is not standard in the USA, it is standard at our office because it allows us to see the fine details of every patients skull, cranial base, jaws and teeth. We go as far as to have a Board Certified Radiologist read these 3-D images to check for any abnormalities and pathologies that might otherwise go undiagnosed.
We use the best brackets (braces) and wires on the market. The Damon System incorporates the most technological advanced brackets that are self-ligating which means they have a passive gate that closes behind the wire to keep it in the bracket. With this technology, there is less force on the tooth due to less friction (compared to traditional brackets that use a colored elastic to hold the wire in the bracket). Less force on the tooth means less discomfort for the patient and surprisingly shorter treatment time because teeth actually move faster with lighter forces. With these brackets and super flexible and elastic memory shape wires, we are able to alleviate significant tooth crowding without having to extract teeth like traditional orthodontic treatments.
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