Orthodontics + Braces
An orthodontist is a dental specialist that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of aligning bites and smiles. An orthodontist goes through an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized formal education beyond dental school. Dr. Renee Roland is a certified specialist that focuses her scope of practice and continuing education on the ability to get you smiling your best.
Along with the American Association of Orthodontists, we recommend that a child receive their first orthodontic screening by age 7. We are able to recognize potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious. This not only saves you and your child time, but also money.
Early interceptive orthodontic treatment has proven to be beneficial for the overall desired result.
Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients, but may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth; preserve space for unerupted teeth; create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth; reduce the possibility of tooth extraction; and reduce overall treatment time in braces.
To find out if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
INitial orthodontic evaluation
Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough exemption and a discussion of potential treatment options. The records include x-rays and photos, which are necessary for developing the appropriate treatment plan. We will only take an x-ray if needed.
We will address the following questions that cover the basics of orthodontic treatment.
- Is orthodontic treatment needed? Is there a condition/malocclusion that orthodontics can address?
- If braces or orthodontic treatment is needed – Is treatment needed now or should treatment be delayed until appropriate growth, tooth eruption or other factors have occurred?
- What treatment procedures will be used to correct the problem? Are there are any options?
- How long will treatment take?
- How much will it cost? What are my payment options?
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatment options that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today! Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem.
Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to chooe from several options. Your options may include, metal braces, translucent/clear braces or Invisalign.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile 🙂
Types of braces
Metal, Self-Ligating or Damon Braces
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive
Ceramic or Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appear.
Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It is virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth
Straight teeth are healthier teeth
Straightening your teeth isn’t just about having a beautiful smile. Straight, properly aligned teeth can help you avoid the negative effects of periodontal disease. Properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss than crowded or crooked teeth. Properly positioned teeth can help gums “fit” more tightly around them, which may lead to better periodontal health.
With good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay and periodontal disease can be reduced.
Properly aligned teeth also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking, or wear; and can be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.