The Dental Depot Orthodontics team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the best care and the friendliest, most professional experience in town. We pride ourselves in having a chair-side manner that will help you feel relaxed and comfortable from your initial consultation to that wonderful day when the braces come off and you see the smile you’ve always wanted.
Orthodontics for Kids and Teens
A beautiful smile and good dental health make all the difference in every child’s well-being and self-confidence. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the family dentist at an early age to detect and prevent any problems. Fitting children with braces usually requires a two-phase treatment, and in some cases it is necessary to make room for permanent teeth (typically for kids age 10 and under). The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children first visit the orthodontist by age seven. For kids with jaw-growth or tooth problems, this first visit might need to be as early as age five or six. Even if treatment does not begin at this time, this is the time to start making a plan. Your child may need an orthodontic exam if any of the following warning signs are present:
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Grinding of teeth, especially at night
- Mouth breathing
- Finger sucking or other oral habits
- Crowding, misplaced or blocked teeth
- Jaw shifting or clicking
Be sure to have your child examined early. Contact your Dental Depot orthodontic provider for a complimentary initial exam.
Orthodontics for Adults
Did you know that adults account for 25 percent of orthodontic treatments? If your gums and bone structure are healthy, your teeth alignment can be changed at any age. Adult orthodontic treatments are not just good for your smile but also for improving the health of your teeth and gums. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of tooth and enamel and surfaces, headaches, and even jaw and joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. New orthodontic techniques and appliances for straightening teeth can greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, and shorten treatment time. Adult braces may include metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign® or transparent aligners. Contact your Dental Depot orthodontic provider for a complimentary initial consultation. We’ll help you determine the best approach to straightening your teeth and outline a treatment plan complete with time of treatment expected and approximate cost.
Conventional braces consist of using brackets that are bonded to teeth and connect wires to move teeth over time. This type of treatment is ideal for children and even adults. Over the course of treatment, wires connected to braces will be adjusted to slowly align teeth to healthier positions. Conventional braces can improve crowded, overlapped, and crooked teeth as well as assist with tooth transition in childhood.
Lingual braces are a discreet alternative to traditional orthodontia. This type of treatment involves orthodontic appliances connecting to the backsides of teeth. Like conventional braces, lingual braces are fixed in place and tightened in increments over the course of treatment. Designed for people age 13 and up, lingual braces are often an ideal option for adult professionals, athletes, and musicians who play wind instruments.
Invisalign is a unique substitute for conventional braces. Instead of wearing fixed oral appliances, patients will wear clear, removable appliances called aligners. A set of aligners is worn for two weeks and then exchanged for a tighter set. Like traditional braces, Invisalign creates consistent force to move teeth. The benefits of Invisalign include inconspicuous treatment as well as a comfortable alternative to wires and brackets. Aligners are constructed from clear plastics, which are somewhat soft. They will not irritate soft oral tissue and they are removed for meals, brushing, and flossing.
If you are interested in learning about your orthodontic treatment options, we recommend scheduling a consultation at one of our locations nearest you. During your appointment, our team will help determine which treatment is best for your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for orthodontics?
Patients of all ages can be candidates for orthodontic treatment as long as they have relatively healthy jawbone density and gum tissue. From young children to middle-aged adults, orthodontics can increase oral function, improve appearance, and assist with preventing disease. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of having a straighter smile, there are benefits to one’s oral health. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to floss and brush. Practicing thorough oral hygiene can prevent diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. Moreover, properly positioned teeth improve one’s bite – the way that teeth make contact when the mouth is closed and during oral function. If teeth make improper contact, it can lead to tooth wear and TMJ disorder.
What are my options for types of braces offered?
Dental Depot offers an array of teeth straightening options for children, teenagers, and adults. Children most often benefit from conventional orthodontia including metal braces and other appliances that can expand the palate and assist with the emergence of permanent teeth.
While conventional braces are still beneficial to our older patients, teenagers and adults who desire more discreet methods of treatment might benefit from lingual braces and Invisalign.
What is the difference between traditional, metal brackets and Invisalign?
There are distinct differences in traditional braces and Invisalign. While these two methods of teeth straightening can produce similar results, each method utilizes different materials to gradually shift teeth. Traditional metal brackets and wires are fixed to the teeth. Bonded by a cement-like compound, brackets are placed over the front sides of teeth and attach to wires, which can be tightened over time to create gentle yet consistent pressure. Force and pressure, when applied to teeth in appropriate intervals, is the principle behind all forms of orthodontic treatment.
Like conventional braces, Invisalign facilitates tooth movement with force and pressure but it does so by utilizing form fitting, custom appliances made of plastic. Patients receiving Invisalign treatment will wear sets of aligners, with each set fitting slightly tighter than the previous set. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is removable for meals and oral hygiene.
What is the average treatment time for orthodontic treatment?
The positioning of everyone’s teeth varies. This, along with the type of treatment necessary can affect treatment times. Some people can complete orthodontic treatment in as little as nine months while others might require longer treatment.
What is the cost of treatment with orthodontics?
Costs for orthodontic treatment vary. The type of treatment you receive as well as the duration of treatment affects cost. After consulting with our doctors, our staff at Dental Depot will be able to give you an estimate of your treatment’s cost so that you can arrange for payment.