HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR SMILE?
Most people, like you, value a beautiful smile. Children, adolescents, and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment if teeth need to be straigtened or aligned.
According to some statistics, 99.7% of people believe their own smile is an important personal asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.
IMPROVE YOUR SMILE AND SELF CONFIDENCE.
Beautifully aligned, straightened teeth through orthodontic treatment looks great and improves your natural smile – giving you the confidence to look and feel your best. A well-balanced natural smile improves your appearance and boosts your self-confidence when you are interacting with friends, associates and family.
A dazzling smile is a healthier smile. Correctly aligned teeth are easier to clean and, with proper hygiene, are less prone to decay and gum disease. With improved occlusion (the way your teeth come together) comes improved dental health and your dental health impacts your general health and well being.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ORTHODONTICS?
Only your dentist or orthodontist can determine whether you can benefit from orthodontics. Your medical and dental health history, a clinical exam, along with other diagnostic tools, can provide the information for Smile MakeOver to craft a full treatment plan matched to your specific needs.
If you have any of the following, you may be a candidate for orthodontic treatment:
Overbite, sometimes called “buck teeth” — where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth;
Underbite — a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back;
Crossbite — when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally;
Open bite — space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together;
Misplaced midline— when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth;
Spacing — gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth;
Crowding — when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate.
Removable appliances include:
Aligners – an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are being used by an increasing number of orthodontists to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
Removable space maintainers – these devices serve the same function as fixed space maintainers. They’re made with an acrylic base that fits over the jaw, and have plastic or wire branches between specific teeth to keep the space between them open.
Jaw repositioning appliances – also called splints, these devices are worn on either the top or lower jaw, and help train the jaw to close in a more favorable position. They may be used for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
Lip and cheek bumpers – these are designed to keep the lips or cheeks away from the teeth. Lip and cheek muscles can exert pressure on the teeth, and these bumpers help relieve that pressure.
Palatal expander – a device used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. It is a plastic plate that fits over the roof of the mouth. Outward pressure applied to the plate by screws force the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise, widening the palatal area.
Removable retainers – worn on the roof of the mouth, these devices prevent shifting of the teeth to their previous position. They can also be modified and used to prevent thumb sucking.
Headgear – with this device, a strap is placed around the back of the head and attached to a metal wire in front, or face bow. Headgear slows the growth of the upper jaw, and holds the back teeth where they are while the front teeth are pulled back.
MAJOR TYPES OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT THAT SMILE MAKEOVER IS OFFERING
Ordinary Braces (Metal) – This type is the most affordable system that we have although overall treatment times take longer. These types are classified as active treatment which requires frequent visit to the dentist which is about 3-4 weeks interval for adjustments.
Clear Ceramics Braces – It has the same qualities and treatment times as the ordinary braces except it is less prominent aesthetic wise.
Self Ligating Braces (Metal) – This type of Braces requires fewer visits to the dentist. At least 3 months interval or more. Shorter treatments required compared to the ordinary braces. This is because of the passive system which means, the brackets together with special wires actually adjust by themselves giving faster results.
Self Ligating Brace (Clear) – This one have the same qualities of the self ligating metal type braces except the brackets are clear which is good for people who are conscious about having braces as this are better aesthetic wise.
Invisalign Clear Aligners System – There is no visible metal since this are set of aligners and almost invisible to the human eye. It is more comfortable than the above types of braces. End result can be visualized through the computer and visit to the Dental office is 2-3 times only during treatment. Monitoring is done through email only. I would recommend this only for patient who are very particular with appearance since it is the costliest among the available treatment at the office. Also this is not suited for complicated orthodontic treatment.