Most teenagers today expect to have straight teeth, and increasingly adults feel the same. Orthodontics is one of the basics of cosmetic dentistry. A lesser understood and appreciated aspect is the proper development of airway and profile in children. Our clinic recommends the treatment philosophy developed in Europe known as Function Jaw Orthopedics, and we offer at no charge Dr. David Page’s book to our parents.
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Encourage Arch Development
It is important that children’s arches are allowed to grow and develop properly. This is the main focus of treatment once first molars are in. If a child has good jaw development, straightening teeth is much easier if needed at all. We never use headgear, and seldom recommend bicuspid extractions. We prefer a full broad smile at age 21 to perfectly aligned teeth at age 13.
Tooth Movement Choices
To move teeth into the optimal position, we generally recommend braces in young teenagers and Invisalign for older teens or adults. Our practice can place the latest technology, low friction brackets ( Damon or SPEED brackets) resulting in shorter treatment times.
Retainers need to be worn indefinitely if you want the teeth to stay straight. The muscle forces of tongue, lips, and cheeks push the teeth, and the shape of the jaw bone changes somewhat throughout life. We generally recommend Vivera retainers from Invisalign.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of a smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible material that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements our team plans out for you.
There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
As an Invisalign Preferred Provider, Victoria and 54th has completed many cases using the Invisalign system and can create the right fit for you. Hear what one of our patients has to say about her experience in the video above. It may be the start to refresh your smile that is complemented with other cosmetic treatments, so ask today about our introductory offer!