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Most full orthodontic treatment is started when all of the permanent teeth have completed eruption. (between the ages of 11 to 13).
We offer regular metal braces
As well as clear
Also Invisalign for mature teenagers
Invisible braces, totally clear -- totally removable advanced orthodontic treatment for adults and mature teens.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution so you can smile during as well as after treatment. In fact, virtually no one will know you're wearing them unless you tell. By using a series of clear,
removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth right before your eyes. Change them about every two weeks and your teeth will move - little by little - toward the smile you have always wanted.
Invisalign is comfortable to wear and it doesn't require you to change your busy lifestyle. You visit your doctor every month or two to check your progression and get new aligners. Average
treatment time is only about a year. Because aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods while brushing and flossing normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
EARLY PREVENTIVE TREATMENT
It is our philosophy not to extend treatment over a long period of time. We like to start at an optimal time to keep our patients in appliances for the shortest possible time and still obtain maximum results. However, there are certain problems that require an early start with some preliminary appliances to prevent deterioration of the gums, teeth, or temporo-mandibular joints. In severe crowding cases, we also want to preserve as much space as we can, so that when full orthodontic treatment is started later, there is no need to remove permanent teeth.
These problems may include severely deep overbites, cross bites, or severe anterior crowding, as well certain harmful habits, such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which need to be controlled before orthodontic correction can be started.
Here are some of the appliances we may use in this early phase of treatment.
- space maintainers -- to conserve space, so that extraction of permanent teeth will not be needed to align teeth
- habit appliances -- tongue / thumb crib correctors to prevent thumb sucking and other harmful habits
- palate expansion -- when the upper jaw is narrower than the lower and causes uneven jaw movements, which if not corrected early will cause severe problems in the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
- minor tooth movement -- limited orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners to correct minor discrepancies
ALWAYS FREE CONSULTATIONS
IRENE M. VALENZA DMD, SPECIALIST IN ORTHODONTICS
960 Old York Road, Suite 101 Abington, PA 19001
Perfect teeth, and more specifically, perfectly aligned teeth, are rarely bestowed on us by nature. When you see a person with a beautiful smile, it is often the result of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontists today have several procedures to improve your smile that didn't exist just a few years ago. The treatment using interwoven wires, that had to be restressed as often as every week, was painful and presented many cleaning problems for the wearer. Thankfully, that process is no longer used.
Brackets and bands improve comfort for the wearer and give the orthodontist more control over the realignment process. Brackets and bands are bonded to the front of your teeth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. Pressure applied to the teeth through archwires and elastics allows the teeth to move into the desired position.
The latest addition to the orthodontist's tool kit takes advantage of computer modeling and space-age acrylics to afford the wearer a nearly invisible realignment process. This new orthodontic technique sometimes eliminates the need for any braces, because trays, similar to clear bleaching trays, are all that is required. This new procedure, used in our office, is a patented process known as INVISALIGN.
Regular or clear braces.