The first step is to make the call to our friendly front office team. At this time, they will schedule an initial consultation. At your first visit to our orthodontic office, diagnostic photos and digital X-rays are taken so an exam can be performed that will determine the optimal orthodontic treatment.
The information we gather will be helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth progress and improve under orthodontic care. At this first visit to our office, the doctor will evaluate your records and we will discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the cost for treatment including any insurance benefits you may have (it is beneficial and timesaving for you to give our Scheduling Coordinator your insurance details at the initial telephone call so we can have this information ready for you when you arrive).
Traditional braces are composed of brackets bonded to the teeth and held together through wires that, over time, serve to pressure the teeth into a straighter position. Though metal braces were the most common type of aligners for decades, advances in orthodontics offer an array of options that give patients more aesthetically pleasing, and more comfortable, alternatives to attaining effective results. While traditional metal braces may not be the most visually appealing method of straightening teeth, they do offer significant benefits. They are typically more cost-effective than other methods, and they also may be more effective for patients with severely malpositioned teeth.
If you want straighter teeth but are concerned about how you'll look with braces, consider the fact that many cosmetically minded celebrities are even wearing aesthetic braces to improve their smiles quickly without compromising their signature look! Clear braces work in a similar way to metal braces. The only difference is that they use clear or tooth colored brackets instead of metal ones. They are a great alternative for patients who want a more esthetic alternative to metal braces but are not confident that they will wear their clear aligners, such as Invisalign, as much as they would need to.
These ceramic braces use brackets that are colored to match the tint of your teeth, making it less noticeable to others that you are wearing braces. The brackets are also built to resist stains, making them blend with your natural tooth-color for the duration of treatment.
Many types of braces are available and traditional metal brackets are the mostly used brackets. Metal braces serve their purpose of straightening the teeth. However, some are more concerned about how we look due to their profession, age or other factors. This is why some people go for lingual braces instead of standard metal braces. The lingual braces remain behind the teeth, so they are not visible from outside.
The lingual braces work using the same principles as metal braces, resulting in straight teeth. The duration for treatment is different for every person. The braces are placed on your teeth in such a way that people will never know that you wear braces.
Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires or braces, using a series of customized, computer-designed, clear sleeves called aligners. The aligners are almost invisible and they can be easily removed for eating and brushing your teeth. Convenient, comfortable and invisible means most adults and teens today prefer Invisalign®. Get straight teeth without anyone even knowing you are in orthodontic treatment.
The first step is a complementary consultation with Dr. Brandon to determine that you are a candidate for Invisalign® and to compare to other treatment modalities such as invisible braces. At this visit, fee and payment plan information is also provided. Dr. Brandon treats a broad range of orthodontic problems with Invisalign®, including severe spacing and crowding. With over ten years of experience with the Invisalign® system, Dr. Brandon can treat most cases with Invisalign®. Even within the past year, there have been substantial advances in the Invisalign® technology. So if you have been told you are not a good candidate for Invisalign®, you may want to consider getting another opinion. Many others are glad they did!
When you wish to start, we take a digital scan of your teeth and Dr. Brandon creates a preliminary plan. The Invisalign® technicians use this data to create a 3D computer model of your treatment. iSmiles reviews and modifies the plan on the doctors’ section of the secured Invisalign® website so your treatment is performed virtually before your actual treatment starts. When Dr. Brandon accepts the treatment, a series of aligners are fabricated using highly refined computer-assisted manufacturing.
When your aligners arrive, we will call you to schedule delivery. The aligners are individually packaged and numbered. Typically we give patients a few months supply of aligners. Patients are requested to wear aligners all the time, just taking them out to eat and brush. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks. The average treatment time is less than a year so an average number of aligners would be about 20. Of course, treatment time and number of aligners varies according to the severity of the orthodontic problem. At the end of treatment, a few more aligners may be ordered. This is the refinement stage and it is included in your treatment program. Also included is a set of retainer aligners. These are usually worn at night for at least a year. After this, they are tried in periodically to check that no changes are occurring. Thoughout life teeth can shift, so we guide our patients to carefully monitor that their retainer aligner fits long term.
Align Technology went to leading orthodontists, parents and teens themselves to custom-design an Invisalign® system just right for the dental needs of teenagers. It is so gratifying for us to provide a quality orthodontic service and have happy patients at the same time.
Some teenagers still prefer braces. We are always delighted to use braces, which can be clear or metal and enhanced with amazing new technology. At your complimentary consultation with Dr. Brandon, he will help you decide what is best for you.
Orthodontists across America have found that teenagers are generally very compliant in wearing Invisalign®. However some parents are still sometimes skeptical. To make the decision easier, Align Technology has designed a small wear monitor on the aligners to help the teenager and the doctor monitor that wear is adequate.
Additionally, we participate with Align Technology in providing up to 6 free replacement aligners in the event of loss. In reality, replacements are rarely needed. Because the increments of change between aligners are small, when an aligner is lost, usually the patient can move forward to the next aligner.
Speaking of compliance, we should keep in mind that regular braces are not compliance-free. The need to brush and care for braces is probably more critical than the compliance needs of Invisalign®.
With wear monitors, free replacement aligners, and advanced programming designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign® Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today’s teens’ busy lifestyles!
You might need a retainer for a few reasons. The most common reason is to help your teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing braces. It is very important to wear your retainer because as your body grows, your teeth may do some shifting. The retainer helps to control this shifting which occurs naturally. After your braces are removed, Dr. Brandon, will fit you for a retainer and tell you how long to wear it and when. For example, you might have to wear it all day for 3 months but then only at night after that. Some patients may wear their retainer only at night right from the start, but they may have to wear it for more than a year. The retainer keeps the teeth in line and you won't even notice it while you're sleeping!
When you wear a retainer for any reason, certain teeth may feel pressure and might even feel sore for the first few days. If you experience this, don't worry — it's completely normal.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine dental specialties, and focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Dr. Brandon will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that if you need surgical orthodontics, you receive the best care possible.
For our patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence, and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.
Dentofacial orthopedics is the process of normalizing the growth of our patient’s bone structure and repairing any imbalances of the face and jaws. This process often involves a two-phase treatment and often begins when the patient is around seven or eight years old.
Children are often the best candidates for receiving dentofacial orthopedic therapy. Beginning at a young age, Dr. Brandon will examine and monitor your child’s growth to determine when starting treatment will be most effective. If your child begins orthodontic treatment before all adult teeth have erupted, it is known as phase-one treatment. During phase-one treatment, your orthodontist will use treatments designed to correct your child’s jaw growth and make sure that the jaw bone is properly aligned before beginning the second phase of treatment, which usually involves braces to straighten the teeth. Dentofacial orthopedics is also used to treat adults; however, this process may involve surgery. In children, the jaw bones are still forming and have not completely hardened, making it easier for orthodontists to control bone growth and tooth movement. Adults, however, are no longer growing, and their jaw bones have hardened making it more of a challenge to adjust the bite and move teeth into proper alignment if the facial bones are misaligned.
As recommended by the American Dental Association, you should wear a mouth guard when you play any sport. A properly fitted mouth guard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect you and should be used during any activity that could result in a blow to the face or mouth. Mouth guards help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Some studies show they may actually help enhance your athletic performance. A properly fitted mouth guard will stay in place while it is worn, making it easy to talk and breathe.