We offer a comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments to guide our patients on their journey towards a healthier, more radiant smile. Explore our treatment options below:
Our Invisalign treatment involves the use of custom-fitted clear aligner trays, specially designed to gently and gradually reposition your teeth into their correct alignment. We begin the process with a complimentary consultation to assess your smile and determine if Invisalign is the appropriate choice. Complex orthodontic cases may require alternative appliances. Initially, we capture a digital impression of your teeth to create a treatment model. Throughout your treatment, you will visit our orthodontist every few weeks to receive your new sets of clear aligner trays, ensuring the progress of your treatment. These appointments are significantly shorter since your orthodontist mainly checks your progress.
Your complete Invisalign treatment typically spans between 12-18 months. However, the duration may vary based on individual factors, adherence to professional and manufacturer recommendations, and overall oral hygiene practices. For optimal results, it is essential to wear your aligner trays for 20-22 hours daily and remove them only for eating and regular brushing and flossing. During your consultation, our orthodontist will provide a more precise estimate of your treatment duration.
Traditional dental braces work by applying a consistent and gentle force to reposition your teeth. This pressure gradually shifts the tooth from its original position, resulting in the realignment of your entire smile. As the teeth move, the connective tissue in your gums adjusts incrementally, allowing the underlying bone tissue to reconfigure and solidify around the tooth’s new location, a process known as bone remodeling.
During the active phase of your brace treatment, we continue to apply force to your teeth, facilitating efficient tooth movement and bone remodeling. Occasionally, additional appliances or attachments such as headgear may be recommended to focus on specific realignment needs. Springs, rubber bands, or orthodontic elastics can also be employed to apply pressure at specific angles, ensuring effective treatment outcomes and the achievement of a harmonious smile.
Despite the longevity of braces in orthodontic treatment, ongoing developments in materials, techniques, and methods have enhanced their effectiveness, making them a consistently excellent choice for people of all ages.
Sleep apnea encompasses more than just disruptive snoring; it refers to a sleep disorder characterized by the interruption or cessation of normal breathing during rest. These interruptions, known as apneas, can last from a few seconds to several minutes. The frequency of apneas can vary significantly, with an average range of 5 to 30 occurrences per hour.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Irritability and mood swings
How Can Our Orthodontists Assist You?
Our orthodontists possess specialized training in facial growth and development, enabling them to identify issues such as sleep apnea. For some patients, sleep apnea results from growth deformities in the upper jaw or airway that obstruct airflow to the lungs during sleep. Orthodontists are skilled in addressing these issues.
It’s estimated that nearly half of individuals with sleep apnea have abnormalities in the bony structure surrounding the airway. Orthodontic treatment can aid in expanding the upper jaw and advancing the mandible, modifying structures critical for managing sleep apnea. Additionally, oral appliance therapy can improve breathing patterns during sleep by holding the lower jaw forward, ensuring an open airway.
Untreated sleep apnea can have severe health consequences, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. If you suffer from sleep apnea and are interested in exploring how orthodontics may provide relief, schedule your free consultation today.
Surgical orthodontics becomes an option when the severity of a bite problem or skeletal discrepancy surpasses the capacity of orthodontic treatment alone to correct it. This approach, known as orthognathic surgery, combines orthodontic treatment with jaw surgery.
Orthognathic surgery is considered when a severe malocclusion (improper alignment of teeth) leads to functional issues such as difficulty chewing, speech impediments, and facial dysfunction characterized by headaches, joint pain, and periodontal problems. Additionally, self-esteem issues related to physical appearance relative to jaw discrepancies may arise. Orthognathic surgery can also play a crucial role in treating obstructive sleep apnea.
Following surgery, some fine-tuning of your bite with braces or Invisalign is often necessary before completing the treatment with regular orthodontic check-ups. The post-surgical phase usually commences 4-8 weeks after the surgical procedure and typically spans 2-6 months.
While surgery may be the best option for achieving optimal functional and cosmetic results, it is always an elective procedure. During your consultation, alternative treatment options will be presented.
iTero and Virtual Treatment planning
In the field of orthodontics, we embrace technological advancements to enhance the efficiency and precision of diagnosis and treatment. Our commitment to leadership positions us to better serve your needs and help you achieve your goals.
At Smokey Point Orthodontics, we offer state-of-the-art treatment with the iTero 3D Scanner. This innovative technology allows us to create interactive models and 3D impressions of your teeth, eliminating the discomfort associated with traditional models. The computerized 3D image of your teeth aids us in planning your treatment, ensuring the safest and most efficient approach.
Obtaining a digital impression for your orthodontic treatment is quick and comfortable, with no exposure to radiation, as the scanner wand employs visible light for the procedure.