Orthodontics in Hazel Park, MI
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities (malocclusions*). Orthodontic treatment is provided by an oral health care provider known as an orthodontist, who has completed two to three years of additional training beyond dental school.
Recent years have brought about many changes within the dental industry, specifically with regards to orthodontic treatment and care. Now more than ever patients are experiencing fewer incidences of cavities and missing teeth due to the heightened awareness of fluoride use and preventative dentistry. This increasing awareness on the health and look of a patient’s smile has fueled the desire for many to seek out orthodontia not only as a medical necessity, but for cosmetic reasons as well.
Whether it’s traditional braces or custom made removable appliances, orthodontics can help you have the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for!
Braces for Children
Many children are ambivalent about getting braces. On one hand, they like the idea of perfect teeth, but on the other hand, they are nervous about whether the braces will cause pain and discomfort. The good news is that the placement of orthodontic braces is not at all painful, and the end result will be a beautiful straight smile.
Although patients of any age can benefit from orthodontic braces, they tend to work much quicker on pre-teens and teenagers since they are still experiencing jaw growth. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children should first see an orthodontist around the age of seven years-old. An orthodontic examination may be beneficial before age seven if facial or oral irregularities are noted.
Braces for Adults
Orthodontic braces were historically associated with teenagers. Today, an increasing number of adults are choosing to wear braces to straighten their teeth and correct malocclusions (bad bites). In fact, it is now estimated that almost one third of all current orthodontic patients are adults.
Orthodontic braces are predictable, versatile, and incredibly successful at realigning the teeth. Braces work in the same way regardless of the age of the patient, but the treatment time is greatly reduced in patients who are still experiencing jaw growth and have not been affected by gum disease. In short, an adult can experience the same beautiful end results as a teenager, but treatment often takes longer.
The Damon® System is an innovative new way to straighten the teeth quickly and comfortably. Traditional dental braces are comprised of large metal brackets and a wide variety of elastics. Damon® braces straighten teeth up to six months quicker than traditional braces and leave teeth healthy and beautiful.
Prior to the adhesion of traditional braces, a tooth or multiple teeth often need to be removed to create space. Damon® braces can be affixed without the removal of healthy teeth, because this system uses the body’s biological forces to create space naturally.
Why should I choose Damon® braces?
Damon® braces utilize a unique type of technology to optimize the straightening process. Traditional archwires are replaced with lighter, shape-memory, self-ligating wires that need no tightening. There are no elastics, no ties, and no palate expanders. The Damon® System reduces the amount of friction each tooth experiences by incorporating a sliding mechanism. Teeth can move gently into alignment without discomfort.
The Damon® System differs from traditional braces in a number of important ways:
- Better facial aesthetics.
- Fantastic results.
- Increased aesthetics.
- Increased comfort.
- Reduced amount of dental visits.
- Reduced need for tooth extraction.
- Reduced treatment time.
In-Ovation® L MTM
Having an attractive smile is important to most people. Crooked and misaligned teeth can be a great source of embarrassment and social discomfort. When the only alternative to crooked teeth is spending, years wearing unattractive “traditional” metal braces, it can be hard to decide what to do. Fortunately, the In-Ovation® L MTM System provides a third alternative: invisible lingual braces.
The In-Ovation® L MTM System is designed to work in weeks as opposed to years. The twelve main “smiling” teeth are realigned using self-ligating, lingual brackets. Lingual braces are attached to the tongue side of the teeth, which makes them a great alternative to aligning trays for minor defects. In-Ovation® lingual braces have proven very effective for patients requiring less than 6mm of tooth movement.
Here are some advantages associated with In-Ovation® L MTM:
- Complete treatment takes 12-24 weeks.
- Cost effectiveness.
- Excellent results for patients needing less than 6mm of tooth movement.
- Increased comfort levels.
- Minimal impairment to speaking and eating functions.
- Reduced plaque buildup due to decreased treatment time.
- Requires fewer dental visits.
- Undetectable braces.
One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and contains no metal.
Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results..
What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will.
6 Month Smiles®
Now, more than ever, patients are concerned about issues beyond the health of their teeth; namely, they’re troubled about the aesthetic appearance of their smiles. While metal braces seem unpleasant and alternatives are expensive, 6 Month Smiles® is the innovative orthodontic solution that helps you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, often in less time and with lower costs.
6 Month Smiles® is the ideal solution for adults who are insecure about the appearance of their smile. This orthodontic treatment utilizes shape-memory wires that are engineered to provide exceptional results without unsightly metal braces or having to destroy your natural teeth for the placement of veneers. With clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, the 6 Month Smiles® system is nearly invisible while it restores your confidence.
Some of the benefits of 6 Month Smiles® include:
- Most patients only undergo treatment for 6 months.
- Treatment is virtually invisible with clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, providing a discreet alternative to unsightly metal braces.
- Patented, shape-memory wires move teeth faster than traditional braces or aligner therapy solutions like Invisalign®.
- Patented tray kits allow for quick and painless application.
- Your resulting straighter smiles allows for better oral hygiene.
The SureSmile® system offers quicker and more efficient treatment times than traditional dental braces. In fact, SureSmile braces can reduce the overall treatment times by as much as 40%. Though the majority of people love the thought of straight, healthy teeth, most do not relish the prospect of spending several years wearing braces. Contrary to popular belief, SureSmile® does not move the teeth more quickly. The teeth move with added precision at the same speed.
The SureSmile® technologies allow the dentist to view the teeth in 3D from every angle, and then plan treatment accordingly. In addition, the braces themselves are created by a computer program, and activated by body heat.
SureSmile® has many advantages over traditional dental braces, including:
- Fewer visits to the orthodontist.
- Less soreness and discomfort.
- More accurate, better results.
- Shorter treatment times.