We truly believe that each patient is unique and therefore requires an individualized orthodontic treatment plan. We pride ourselves on having a vast array of treatment alternatives that allow us to customize our treatment to each patient.
After thoroughly reviewing comprehensive diagnostic information, our doctors formulate a treatment plan specific to each patient. There are many possible combinations of treatment systems, often paired with a patient-friendly orthodontic appliance to achieve the desired result. Although we couldn't possibly elaborate on all the treatment approaches that we utilize, described below are some of our more common systems used to address orthodontic problems.
Insignia is a fully interactive software and custom appliance system designed to give every patient a truly customized smile. It's a precise, start-to-finish process delivering maximum clinical and practice efficiency. After taking a high-resolution computer scan of an impression of the patient's teeth, the Insignia software incorporates the doctor's treatment plan into a virtual 3D model of the patientís ideal bite.
Insignia delivers a complete custom solution – patient-specific brackets (braces), precision (computer-assisted) bracket placement and custom wires to eliminate time-consuming adjustments in all phases of treatment.
Orthos, a computer-engineered coordinated system of braces and wires, was designed to eliminate the common challenges of everyday orthodontic treatment. Precision bracket geometries and a coordinated arch form reduce the need for excessive adjustment appointments and deliver exceptional quality in tooth alignment.
Orthos braces are lower profile, providing less irritation to the oral tissues. Additionally, the molar braces are composed of titanium which reduces bracket failure. The arch wires used with Orthos braces are very gentle, providing minimized patient discomfort.
The Damon System utilizes self-ligating braces that provide lower friction while the teeth slide along the arch wire. Self-ligating means that the braces hold the wire without the need for the colored elastic "donuts" to secure the wire into the bracket. In certain situations, this type of configuration is advantageous to provide optimal tooth movement.
The Damon System also utilizes low force arch wires that provide minimized patient discomfort while moving the teeth.
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to move the teeth over time to give you the smile that youíve always wanted. Due to our extensive experience treating patients with the Invisalign System, we have been designated as an Invisalign Premier Provider.
Invisalign has developed a new system of aligners called Invisalign Teen, which is intended for use by teenaged patients.
Not everyone qualifies for treatment with the Invisalign system. Certain, more complicated, bite and alignment problems require braces for more predictable correction.
Aesthetic or clear braces are made of either porcelain or composite. They blend in with your natural tooth color, so are much less noticeable than metal braces. Clear braces provide the ability to move teeth predictably, but also offer a discreet treatment alternative.
Aesthetic braces also utilize low force arch wires, minimizing patient discomfort throughout treatment.
In patients who have a severe skeletal imbalance, often times, surgical orthodontics is required for complete correction. Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient's ability to chew, speak, and breathe. It also provides improved facial balance and aesthetics. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always used in conjunction with jaw surgery. This ensures that teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.
The orthodontist works closely with the oral surgeon in treatment planning these surgical cases. Both specialists play a vital role in a successful treatment outcome.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD's) are used in orthodontics to provide a more stable anchor to allow tooth movement in a specific direction. TAD's are small temporary dental implants that are placed by an oral surgeon and are used by the orthodontist to produce tooth movement. When orthodontic treatment is complete the TAD's are removed.