Why Braces?

h-braces1.jpgIf you are questioning the pros and cons of having orthodontic treatment for you or your child, we hope this will help.

Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, or feel about your smile.

According to studies by the AAO, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear. Openbites can result in tongue thrusting habits and speech impediments. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile- it creates a healthier you.

The good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several options. The days of metal bands wrapped around each of your teeth individually are long gone! Your options may include metal braces, translucent ceramic braces, or ClearCorrect Aligners. During the initial examination, we will be able to determine which of these options best fits your personal needs.

What is ClearCorrect?

invisalign.pngClearCorrect is the clear way to straighten your teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. You can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. There are no wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

ClearCorrect aligners are customized to your orthodontic needs and should be worn between 2-3 weeks per aligner for 23 hours per day for optimal movement. You will continue to see us every 6-8 weeks to receive your next set of aligners. Orthodontic aligner treatment is ideal for our dedicated patients with minor orthodontic problems. ClearCorrect aligners do not treat severe malocclusions or extreme orthodontic problems.

When? Early Treatment

clear.pngBeginning treatment at the optimal time ensures that best results and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this young age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but early insight can help determine the ideal time to begin treatment. Early evaluation provides us the opportunity to guide growth and development and to prevent serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Pinsak can carefully monitor growth and be available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise while waiting on the ideal time to initiate treatment.

Advantages of interceptive treatment:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for permanent tooth removal later
  • Reducing treatment time with braces later

When? Adult Treatment

metal_thin.pngBraces aren’t just for kids anymore. We recognize that more and more adults are seeking out that beautiful smile that for so long has been something only afforded to children. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. 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 pain. We have customized our treatment options to better suit the needs of the average adult. We are here to accommodate all of your orthodontic needs! A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve your greatest asset - your smile!

What Happens Next?

When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. This is one of the most important phases of treatment. Your teeth are now straight and you have to keep them that way! Retainers are used to stabilize your teeth and maintain their new position. The retention phase lasts indefinitely and is best described as a life-long awareness of your teeth and dedication to wearing your retainers as necessary. There are many types of retainers. You have been provided the retainer that best suits your needs. Each retainer should be worn and cared for as directed. If your retainers are worn correctly, your teeth cannot move.