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Your first visit with the Crescent Dental & Orthodontics team is all about you! Your comfort, your happiness, and your health are top priorities. We treat patients of all ages and are always excited to welcome you into our office. During your complementary orthodontic consultation our Orthodontist will thoroughly examine your orthodontic needs, understand your desired results and discuss potential treatment options with you.
Some common questions we will cover during your initial exam:
For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for choosing to pursue orthodontic treatment. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, orthodontic treatment will greatly improve the way you look and feel.
When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you’ve always dreamed of as well as the confidence to show it off! We also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience, so our practice is dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care you deserve.
Orthodontic appliances can be made out of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Some forms are removable, and others brackets are bonded to the teeth. Braces work because they place a gentle force in a controlled direction. Now is a great time to wear braces!
The days are gone where a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can often choose brackets that are clear or metallic, and sometimes you can even choose the ties that hold the wire in the brackets. Nowadays the wires are less visible, and the most up-to-date materials move teeth faster and more comfortably!
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.
The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
Clear braces are made of clear materials like ceramic or sapphire and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. Clear braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. This cosmetic option can move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners, such as Invisalign®.
For this reason, clear braces are a good option for older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. They are visually less prominent, and provide excellent results just like their metal counterparts! With clear braces, people may not even realize you're wearing braces!
Traditional braces realign teeth by applying pressure. They usually consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by a wire, which is periodically tightened by your dentist or orthodontist to gradually shift your teeth and jaw. The brackets may be metal or tooth colored. Sometimes they are placed behind your teeth. Removable aligners are another option for treating orthodontic problems.
Since abnormal bites usually become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12, orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. That doesn’t mean that adults can’t have braces; healthy teeth can be treated by orthodontics at any age.
Treatment plans will vary based on your situation, but most people are in treatment from one to three years. This is followed by a period of wearing a retainer that holds teeth in their new positions. Today’s braces are more comfortable than ever before. Newer materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth and usually require fewer adjustments.
While you have braces it’s important to maintain a balanced diet for the health of your teeth. Of course, a healthy diet is always important, but eating too many sugary foods with braces can lead to plaque build-up around your brackets that could permanently stain or damage your teeth. Avoiding foods like popcorn, corn on the cob, chewing gum, whole apples, and other sticky foods is also a good idea. Ask your dentist about foods to avoid while you are in treatment. Not all of us are born with beautiful smiles, but with a good oral hygiene routine, and a little help from orthodontics, you can have a beautiful and healthy smile.
You can read more about orthodontists and orthodontic treatment from the American Association of Orthodontists.