Orthodontics, commonly known as braces, are used to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the smile and correct malocclusions such as crowded teeth, missing teeth, or misaligned teeth.
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Your Children Deserve:
Broad Beautiful Smiles
Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. By using functional appliances while children are actively growing, we can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile.
Healthy Jaw Joints
Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:
- Neck Pain
- Earaches or ringing in ears
- Clicking or locking jaw
- Difficulty opening jaws
Early use of functional appliances can prevent or eliminate these problems.
To Breathe Freely
Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems, such as lack of oxygen and poor sleep habits. This leaves children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches.
An End To Ear Pain
Deep overbites and receding lower jaws may cause earaches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears. If infection has been ruled out, functional appliances can eliminate these symptoms effectively.
Facilitated Speech Development
Narrow jaws can confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Functional appliances help ensure proper growth and greatly enhance a child's ability to speak normally.
Patients want the best for their children; straight profiles and beautiful smiles. By treating problems early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future treatment.
Why Are Functional Appliances So Important?
Functional appliances can help correct:
- Bite Problems
- Underdeveloped Jaws
- Narrow Arches
- Crowded Teeth
- Deep Overbites
- Jaw Joint Problems
- Airway Problems
- Thumbsucking Habits
And can often prevent:
- Removal of adult teeth
- Fang like tooth appearance
- Lengthy use of braces
- Speech difficulties
To eliminate crowding:
Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. By developing the arches at an early age, we may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth. Another advantage is that early treatment often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth.
Let us meet your child's orthodontic needs as early as possible!
It is critical to correct any functional or jaw problems as soon as they are diagnosed.
Two Phase Treatment
Phase One - Functional Appliances (Ages 5 to 12)
Early treatment should be initiated for:
- Habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking
- A constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils
- Mouth breathing or snoring problems
- A bad bite
- Bone problems (i.e. narrow or underdeveloped jaws)
Phase Two - Braces (Ages 12-14)
- Teeth are straightened with braces
- Braces usually take about 1.5 to 2 years
- Teeth are whitened
Early Treatment Is Key
Get Your Child's Smile Off To A Healthy Start
75% of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment. Yet 90% of your child's face has already developed! By guiding facial development earlier, through the use of functional appliances, 80% of the treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present!
Younger children between the ages of 8 and 11 are often much more cooperative than children of 12 to 14.
Shorter Treatment Time
Another advantage of early Phase Once treatment is that children will need to wear fixed braces on their adult teeth for less time.
To Correct Underdeveloped Jaws
Almost 50% of children who need orthodontic treatment due to a bad bite have underdeveloped lower jaws. Functional appliances can reposition the lower jaw forward, improve the child's profile and correct the bite problem - within 7 to 9 months! See what a difference functional appliances made to this young girl's profile. Treatment began at age 7 and the after photo was taken at age 11.
Modern orthodontic treatments achieve amazing results quickly and easily. As a result, many more adults are now undergoing orthodontic treatment to enhance the appearance of their smile.
- Traditional solutions: Traditional braces include bands, where metal strips reposition teeth; lingual braces, which are attached to the backs of teeth, out of view; and brackets, which are bonded directly to teeth.
- New Solutions: The latest trend in orthodontics utilizes removable clear plastic "aligners", which fit snugly over the teeth to reposition them. Approximately every two weeks, new aligners are inserted, to accommodate the repositioning of the teeth.
The clear alternative to braces.
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you'll be proud of.
- Remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss
- Change aligners every two weeks
- Your teeth move little by little
- Regular progress checks with your dentist or orthodontist
- Results often in 6 months to 1 year
Why people prefer Invisalign
The convenience and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of over half a million people. In fact, Invisalign has been effective in giving hundreds of thousands of people amazing new smiles.
- Most people won't notice you're in treatment
- Won't disrupt your lifestyle
- Free initial consultation with participating doctors
No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth, and best of all, most people won't notice you're in treatment. Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 490,000 people who want amazing smiles.
Is Invisalign® for Me?
Effective for a wide range of smiles.
The Invisalign system has been successful in giving hundreds of thousands of amazing smiles to both teens and adults. A certified Invisalign provider will create your individual treatment plan using Invisalign's clear, custom-molded aligners to solve a range of issues, including:
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
In fact, take a look now at "Before and After" photographs of Invisalign cases. You'll see the amazing results Invisalign can bring.
Made to fit lifestyles like yours.
Now nothing comes between your lifestyle and having an incredible smile. Because Invisalign offers you comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility during treatment. With Invisalign, you can:
- Be as active as you like because Invisalign won't hold you back
- Remove your aligners for special events, eating and brushing
- Feel more confident everywhere you go
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 in business meetings or social gatherings
- No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
- Many people won't notice you're wearing aligners
Once you decide to improve your smile, the rest is easy.
Getting started couldn't be simpler. The path to your amazing Invisalign® smile begins here.
Straighten Teeth with Invisalign
Step 1: See a certified Invisalign provider
Whether you work with an orthodontist or dentist, your certified Invisalign provider will give you an overview of how Invisalign works, evaluate your situation, and answer your questions. Want to find a certified Invisalign provider near you now? Many offer an initial free consultation, so be sure to ask for yours.
Step 2: Map out a treatment plan. Straighten Teeth with Invisalign
You and your doctor develop a treatment plan specifically for you. Then the doctor takes bite impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to custom-mold a series of clear, removable aligners that will gradually move your teeth into an incredible new smile.
Step 3: Your aligners are created.
The advancements in technology that led to clear aligners were developed by Invisalign. Your aligners are created via precision computer mapping and design, then are shipped to your doctor.
Step 4: Wear your aligners.Invisible Braces
You'll receive your aligner series, switching to a new aligner every two weeks as your teeth move. Just wear each set of aligners night and day for a two week period, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. Visit your Invisalign provider on a regular basis for progress checks. Each case is a little different, but on average, treatment lasts about a year. Then you can show the real you with an amazing new smile!