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Finding an Orthodontic home

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that an initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of problems or no later than age 7. Orthodontic  treatment at this age may not be yet necessary, but an evaluation can help predict the best time to start, if treatment is needed. We will make recommendations based on your child’s age and dental development. Our pediatric practice will watch your child as they grow, to anticipate their orthodontic needs.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Interceptive orthodontics is a term used to refer to the early intervention of pediatric dental problems. Crowding, narrow upper jaw, crossbite, protruding front teeth, and preserving space, are all examples of the need for early orthodontic treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

Phase II Treatment

The goal of phase II treatment is to position all the permanent teeth to maximize their appearance and function. Due to the improvement made in Phase I treatment, there is usually less time spent in full braces during Phase II.

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is undertaken for problems that involve alignment of the teeth, how the jaws function and how the top and bottom teeth fit together. The goal of comprehensive orthodontic treatment is to correct the identified problem and restore ideal occlusion (bite). Comprehensive treatment usually begins when all permanent teeth are present.

Types of Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type and are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of a clear material to minimize the look of metal in the mouth. This type of bracket is popular with adults and teens and have unmatched quality. In some cases we do not recommend ceramic braces because they are a more fragile than the metal.

Self- Ligating Braces

Self–ligating braces offer several benefits for patients. They use a self-ligation technique using lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth,  resulting in faster treatment times due to its slide mechanism, strong mechanical base bonding, and solid walls structured to control tooth movement with speed and efficiency.

The Wilson Appliance

The Wilson appliance is a system of braces, wires, and rubber bands used to push the upper molars back into a better bite with the lower teeth. This appliance corrects what is known as overbite. One of its benefits is that it allows the doctor to correct overbite before all the braces are on, therefore the patient does not have to wear full braces as long a period of time.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone really noticing. You can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. There are no wires or brackets. This is another popular orthodontic treatment choice for adults and teens.

Adult Braces

Braces aren’t just for teenagers. It’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. Some adults wore braces in their youth, and have had movement since then that they want to correct. Other adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct their bite. Orthodontic treatment can help with perfecting your bite to create not only a great looking smile, but correct bite problems that can cause numerous issues.


The retention phase of treatment comes after tooth movements have been completed by your braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances. Compliance with our recommended retainer wear schedule is extremely important if you are to protect your hard work and investment made during active treatment.