Regular orthodontics can include straightening teeth and aligning the smile; however, it can be somewhat limiting if there are other problems to be corrected. Physiologic orthodontics can correct what regular orthodontics can fix, and also correct other conditions such as airway and breathing problems, tongue habits, gummy smiles, flat and retruded faces, poor lip support, posture problems, head and neck pain and other health problems. Physiologic orthodontics treats the big picture of the bite, facial development, posture, and airway to give a long-lasting, stable smile and a beautiful face. Please see "Can mouth breathing hurt my health?" in our FAQ.
Orthodontics normally entails the use of metal or possibly ceramic braces. Constant, stable pressure in the direction of required change alters the position of teeth over time. Here's what happens: Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are attached to the tooth. These brackets act as handles to which other components are joined to shift your tooth in various directions. A thin metal wire known as an archwire links each bracket. Using tension, the archwire exerts pressure on your teeth to move them into position. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to secure the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are made, archwires of assorted diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are swapped.
These days even traditional braces offer a variety of choices. For example, self-ligating braces require no elastic ligature bands. Instead, a special type of bracket is used that holds the archwires in place. Lingual braces are applied to the back side of teeth to render them invisible to observation. Yet another option is clear braces. These brackets are made of clear or tooth-colored ceramic with tensioning provided by similarly colored archwires and ligature elastics.
Regardless of the particular style, orthodontics permit Dr. de Bruin to employ more control over how your teeth are straightened. More intricate corrections can be done using this method. Because these types of braces can't be readily removed and are continually monitored, there is less chance of problems developing by failure to wear the right aligner for the specified amount of time. Each person is unique and will require a different amount of correction, so the total time needed will vary by patient.
Using up-to-the-minute techniques, Dr. de Bruin can now provide braces that are more comfortable and appealing than ever before. In years past, you might have spent upwards of 3 to 5 years in treatment. Not any longer! The time necessary for treatment will differ from person to person but typically can be accomplished in 6 to 24 months or even less. For cost-effective and time-tested results, standard metal braces may be your best choice, but there may be other alternatives. Contact us today for a Complimentary Orthodontics Consultation to learn more.
Adult cosmetic braces can help you develop an attractive smile, rapidly and comfortably. If your teeth have large spaces, or are crowded and overlapped, Six Month Smiles™, in most cases, can work a correction in six months or less. This is done by gradually moving the teeth that are noticeable in your smile to a more preferred position. Not only can this be achieved in a short amount of time, it's also much more comfortable than conventional metal braces. And you can barely see them because clear or white-colored bands are used.
We also offer an oral appliance known as the Inman Aligner™. This unit is comparable to a retainer that is effortlessly removable and lets you to eat and drink whatever you wish during treatment, and brushing and flossing are no problem! With this inexpensive alternative, it is feasible to straighten the teeth in the front of your mouth in three months or less!
Get the smile you've always aspired to and have strikingly, straight teeth in months instead of years!
When it comes to state-of-the-art solutions that will allow you to have straight teeth in as little as 9 - 15 months, we have choices. With Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect™ invisible aligners we can correct for overcrowding, large gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
The systems involve changing out clear custom-created aligners approximately every two weeks. Invisalign and ClearCorrect gradually shift your teeth into a straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. No braces, wires, or headgear are required! In fact, because there is no metal or wires, there's no mouth irritation, and you won't be spending extra time in the chair getting adjustments.
Even better, no one will realize you're straightening your teeth – because it's invisible! The clear aligners are simple to put in and take out, so you can not only eat and drink what you want while in treatment, but brushing and flossing are no problem!
Join our patients who have already achieved the delight of straightened teeth – invisibly!
Are you ready for the smile of your dreams? We can schedule a complimentary orthodontics consultation to find out the best orthodontic treatment for you. Click the Online Scheduling button or call (775) 826-1838 now.