Have you noticed that your smile is not all you would like it to be. Do you have rotated, crowded, or crooked teeth? Dr. Baxter can give you the smile you have always wanted through conventional braces, interceptive orthodontics and orthopedics, or maybe you only need limited orthodontic treatment to meet your needs.
Traditional braces are used most often to straighten teeth. A small small metal bracket is attached to each tooth with an adhesive, and then a wire is attached to the brackets by a small elastic ligature. Periodically the elastic ligature or wire is changed so your teeth are gradually straightened and esthetically aligned.
Limited treatment is intended to address a problem involving only one or a few teeth, or to minimize a developing problem. It can be confined to the six front teeth or several posterior teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. Generally the treatment time is 3 to 9 months with an average of 6 months.
Interceptive orthodontic procedures are planned on children approximately age 5 to 12 years to help prevent future more severe orthodontic problems. If an orthodontic appliance is placed much later after a child's facial growth has slowed, it may be more difficult to correct problems such as jaw size differences, crowding, and asymetries. Spacers, expanders, and orthopedic appliances are often used early in a child's life to correct or lessen these problems.
Clear Aligners - Clear Correct
If your orthodontic evaluation shows that Clear Correct Aligners are a good fit for your orthodontic needs, we will send panoramic and cephalometric X-rays plus your impressions to a lab where the clear aligner trays are made using a 3-D computer program. The program projects how your teeth will move during your treatment. The number of custom-made aligners is determined by the amount of crowding and rotations you present with, but typically a set of 20 to 30 aligners are needed for both the upper and lower teeth. You will be provided with your aligners a few sets at a time, and you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks. The Clear Correct trays should be removed during eating, brushing, and flossing, but otherwise you should wear them at all times to ensure treatment success. You will need to visit our office every four to six weeks to make sure the treatment plan is going well and to give you a new set of aligner trays.
Appliances that produce skeletal changes by applying orthopedic forces are known as orthopedic appliances. Forces may be applied by removable retainers or by an appliance that is fixed to your teeth. These appliances bring about skeletal changes such as widening or expanding the arch. Rather than simply moving teeth, these appliance make room in the expanded jaws for teeth to be move into as the next step in treatment.