Dr. Anderson specializes in orthodontics. Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile, but it’s also about improving your overall dental health. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
New dental technology allows the patient many options that are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
However, traditional metal braces are the most popular types of braces as they still produce high quality results. Clear ceramic braces or Invisalign® are popular with adults and teenagers who want the results of braces without the look of metal. Your first visit will be a complimentary consultation with Dr. Anderson to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. She will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for orthodontic therapy.
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results.
Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Anderson plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Propel® VPro5 is an innovative orthodontic device that uses high-frequency vibrations to complement your clear aligner therapy. Used for only 5 minutes per day, the VPro5 vibrates gently to help ensure that aligners are fully engaged with secure seating.
Propel® VPro5 is not included in the price of your orthodontic treatment fee. Additional charges for Propel® VPro5 would apply.
If your lower jaw sits too far back, Dr. Anderson may recommend a special appliance to help adjust your lower jaw. A Herbst appliance can help improve the balance of the jaws by gently encouraging the forward positioning of the lower jaw. The appliance is connected to your braces and will be worn full time until the desired result is achieved.
Both removeable and fixed PEDs can be used to address crowding and other issues by expanding the upper jaw to make more room to accommodate tooth and/or jaw alignment.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain your new smile and also allows for small adjustments, if needed, once the orthodontics have been completed.