We treat patients of all ages as long as the underlying bone and gum structures are healthy. Having straight teeth is attractive, helps build self-confidence and improves self-esteem. Misaligned teeth and an improper bite can contribute to gum tissue and bone loss, excessive wear of the teeth, tooth loss and abnormal shifting of the jaw joint. Straight teeth are easy to brush and floss, which minimizes gum loss and reduces the likelihood of tooth decay.
We offer clear brackets on the upper teeth to our adult patients so they can maintain their appearance. We use heat-activated, Ni-Titanium wires which greatly reduces discomfort and reduces the frequency of patient visits as well as overall treatment time. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene during treatment and prolonged retainer wear afterwards are the most important factors for successful adult treatment.
Many of our adult patients have higher self-esteem after undergoing orthodontic treatment. Some of them have found more success in their work and personal relationships after having braces! Most importantly, all of our patients feel healthier after having orthodontics at our office.
Orthognathic surgery involves correction of bone abnormalities of the face and jaw. Jaw surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment improves the overall appearance of the face and establishes the proper bite. This can improve the ability to chew properly and reduce speech problems. Orthognathic surgery can also benefit some patients with breathing problems.
For patients requiring jaw correction, a pre-surgical phase of orthodontic treatment is necessary to align the teeth. This facilitates the repositioning of the jaws into proper balance at the time of surgery. Once the jaw bones have healed, the final phase of orthodontic treatment is completed to fine-tune the bite.
In selected cases, surgery is performed prior to orthodontic treatment. This may reduce the overall treatment time as a result of increased blood flow and improved jaw alignment from the surgery.
With the advent of temporary anchorage devices (mini-screws), surgery may be avoided for certain patients.