Metal braces is always fun because you can customize them with colors! Colors are changed at every visits! They are fast, efficient and fun way to straighten your teeth.
We offer ceramic, tooth colored braces. These work exactly the same way as metal braces.
What is it?
Aligners are clear trays that move your teeth.
What are the steps involved?
A series of photos will be taken of your teeth with our digital (no radiation) scanner. These will be sent to the lab. Dr. Brown evaluates the scans and plans the detailed movement of your teeth, the specific attachments that will be bonded to your teeth and other parts of your treatment plan. When your trays arrive at our office we will bring you in for a quick appointment to deliver your trays and get you started!
Why is it important to see an orthodontic specialist for your clear aligners?
First and foremost, Dr. Brown has done extensive training, learning the most efficient and effective ways to move teeth and the nuances of creating a beautiful smile. Second, she will carefully monitor for potential side effects and make sure that you are safe during your treatment. Lastly, orthodontists can place braces if aligners fail to move your teeth effectively.
Early/ Phase 1 Treatment
When should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Board of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at 7 years old. This visit is generally a quick check of the adult teeth that are forming and the growth of the jaws to make sure that there are not any problems that could damage other teeth or your child’s development.
Dr. Brown will recommend one of the following options:
• Observation: This means that we don't need to do anything now and will see your child for annual exams to make sure teeth continue to form and come in well.
• Early/ Phase I Treatment: This is limited braces or appliances to help correct problems that we feel should be addressed rather than waiting for all of the adult teeth. Phase I orthodontics may include limited braces on the adult teeth, expanders, or coaching/appliances to help with habits such as thumb sucking. Phase 1 orthodontics is generally limited to 6-12 months and afterwards kids continue to be seen while we monitor the eruption of their adult teeth.
Dr. Brown believes in conservative orthodontic care in children and will recommend it only if it is necessary for medical reasons or self esteem. Studies have shown that many problems can be corrected later on, around age 12. Dr. Brown will be upfront and honest with you about all of your options.
What age do most kids start braces?
While it is very important to start seeing an orthodontist around age 7 to monitor the teeth, Dr. Brown will delay full braces until most or all of the adult teeth are in. The most common age is around 12 years old. However, some teens get their full teeth in as early as 10 and may be ready to start.
My teen is nervous about braces. Is Invisalign an option for my teen?
Yes! Invisalign is a great option for teens. During your exam we will evaluate your teen’s bite and let you know if Invisalign can be used. After that we leave the decision up to you and your family. Our goals are for both efficiency and patient confidence during orthodontics and will provide you with all of the pros and cons for different approaches.