Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever before! Made of high-grade stainless steel, they straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Clear (ceramic) braces
Having braces doesn’t require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. Many of today’s braces are made from clear or natural colored materials to provide patients with a less noticeable alternative to traditional braces—and they are just as effective. The only difference is that they are clear!
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. While they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are more brittle and susceptible to discoloration than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
While clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces, keep in mind that they may cost more. We offer many convenient payment plans to help with the costs of treatment.
Invisalign is a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable plastic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. You can eat and drink what you want while in treatment; plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. Clear aligners are different from clear braces and are great for most orthodontic treatment, in fact, if we can treat you with braces, we can treat you with clear aligners!
With Invisalign, you can smile more during treatment. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven to be extremely effective. You can also see your virtual treatment plan to get a sneak peak at what your teeth will look like at the end of the journey!
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have straightened to their final position. You’ll visit our practice about once every 10-12 weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
We are orthodontic specialists exclusively, and as such have extensive experience and knowledge of clear aligner treatment plans. Trust your smile to an experienced orthodontic specialist.
We are also a certified Invisalign Teen provider. Invisalign Teen gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a clearly amazing smile!
Invisalign Teen aligners are a perfect fit for your lifestyle, because aligners are: clear, removable, super comfortable, and customized just for you. Plus: pizza, popcorn… no problem!
Unlike traditional metal braces, your Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. It’s your life—keep it that way!
Invisalign fits in with any of your extracurricular activities. So whether you’re swimming the 50-meter freestyle, throwing the football out on the field, or playing the clarinet with the school band, you don’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way!
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Dentofacial orthopedics for kids
All orthodontists start out in dental school. Once completed, some dental students immediately go into dentistry. Other dental students choose to pursue one of nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association—this pursuit also requires additional schooling. Duo is rehearsed in one of those specialties: “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” Think of orthodontics as tooth movement. Dentofacial orthopedics involves guiding facial growth and development, mostly during childhood.
Besides braces, other specialized appliances are used, like headgear and expanders. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede braces, but often the two are used at the same time.
Because we are skilled in both areas, our doctors can diagnose misalignments in the teeth and jaw, as well as the facial structure. We create a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is an orthodontic treatment used to correct the most severe cases that include bad bites, jawbone deformities, and malocclusion in the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Braces are worn for a period of time prior to the surgical correction. After surgery properly aligns the jaw, orthodontic braces are used to perfect the bite and teeth. Depending on the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. Only an orthodontist, along with a surgical team, is qualified to assess and care for you during surgical orthognathic treatment. If you choose this option, your orthodontist will work with a highly specialized surgeon to ensure your best care. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Your comfort and security is always important to us. Orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling for many years to come.