Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry in which teeth and jaws are moved into a more ideal position. Dr. Crosby can provide treatment with braces, retainers, space maintainers and other appliances. Many styles and techniques are available. Dr. Crosby will asses you or your child’s case, then present the treatment options that are in the patients best interest.
Crowded, crooked teeth are not only unattractive, but they are also difficult to clean and maintain. Patients can experience increased tooth decay, gum disease and tooth wear as a result of improperly aligned teeth. In some cases, jaw joints can become misaligned, which leads to a host of nagging to debilitating symptoms.
Types of Braces
Early treatment can improve Orthodontic results later in life. Some children need two phases of orthodontics for optimal results
Traditional Metal Braces:
Metal braces are most common. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. By a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position. Today braces are much smaller, more comfortable and generally less noticeable than in the past. Today you can ‘dress up’ you’re your braces to suite your personality. Most of our patients like to use different color elastics that can be changed at each appointment. Also your brackets (the part of the braces that hold the wire) can be metal, or clear depending on your preference.
Clear Ceramic Braces:
Clear ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal braces do. Like metal braces, they are extremely comfortable to wear and very efficient at moving teeth.
Invisalign is the invisible alternative to straightening your teeth without traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next series, your teeth will move little by little, week by week, until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist has prescribed.