The most common type of braces, traditional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. They are used to straighten teeth, along with the use of archwires, so you have a beautiful smile that lasts. Traditional braces are always a great option for patients of all ages.
Imagine an orthodontic treatment that doesn’t use wires or metal brackets; a treatment that is virtually pain-free and doesn’t require you to change your current lifestyle. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth, and experience the benefits of a great smile. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, comfortable aligners that straighten teeth.
Our iTero Scanner is a 3D digital scan of your teeth and bite for our Invisalign treatment. It avoids the use of messy impressions. Drs. Kay and Paulus can make adjustments in real time and transmit the file wirelessly for Invisalign to process.
What is dentofacial orthopedics? Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means the doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood.
Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but in some cases, surgical orthodontics may be needed to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, which often improves a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well.
Soft Tissue Laser Treatments
Specialized laser use in orthodontics has many treatment benefits. It is a simple, painless procedure that requires only topical anesthetic. The laser can be used to speed up eruption of certain teeth, recontour gum tissue, and enhance the overall outcome of orthodontic treatment.
A TAD or Temporary Anchorage Device, is a miniature implant that is temporarily placed in the mouth. It acts as an anchor for controlled movement of specific teeth and bite. It is simple to place and is removed when the desired tooth position is achieved. In some cases, it may provide an alternative to implants or surgery.