Dr. Chris will meet with you and your child and conduct a clinical examination to determine if and when braces will be necessary. There is no charge for this consultation.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Adult orthodontics may positively affect career patterns, social acceptance, and self-confidence. We have enjoyed hearing back from our adult orthodontic patients about the positive difference their new smiles have made in their lives.
Dr. Chris holds two specialty certificates in dentistry. He has had formal training in pediatric dentistry, as well as orthodontics. This combination gives him a great advantage in relating to his adolescent patients. Most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14, however, by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That's important, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they're found early.
Empower Self-Ligation Braces
Self-Ligating braces have a unique, patient-friendly design which means that you have less chair time, reduced discomfort and far fewer appointments than with older style braces. There are no elastic or metal ties which means you have less irritation, less plaque build-up and less difficulty keeping your teeth clean.
We are proud to give our patients the option of clear brackets at no extra charge! ($500 - $600 value)
Benefits you can Expect from Orthodontic Treatment
- A more attractive smile
- Reduction of appearance-consciousness during critical developmental years
- Better function and the comfort of a proper bite
- Increased "cleansability" of the teeth
- Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
- Guidance of facial growth for a more attractive profile
- Better long-term health of teeth and gums
- Reduction or elimination of need for future jaw or facial surgery
- Guidance of permanent teeth into more favorable positions
- Reduction of need to extract permanent teeth
- Better lip closure
- Improved speech/swallowing
- Reduction of strain on the muscles/jaw joints
- Aid in optimizing other dental treatment