Orthodontics in North Wales, PA
Many people underestimate the benefits of a straight and healthy smile. Teeth free of alignment issues are easier to take care of and provide proper bite function. Whether you value treatment time, affordability, or comfort, the orthodontic solutions offered at Best Dental Care create a range of options to help you achieve excellent results.
Our Dentists, Matthew Cherian, Jean Bichara, and Nidal Yacoub, provide orthodontic care to correct malocclusion, including problems with teeth and jaw alignment. We offer orthodontic treatment for young patients, teens, and adults at our practice in North Wales.
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What is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontics involves improving the appearance, function, and long-term health of teeth and jaw joints through straightening or moving them into their most ideal positions.
The orthodontic field handles all areas related to the diagnosis and treatment of irregularities of misaligned teeth, bite alignment, and an uneven jaw bone. Orthodontic care helps treat mild to complex conditions such as:
- Crooked and Crowded Teeth
- Dental Gaps
- Open Bites
- Impacted Teeth
We also provide orthodontic appliances to help correct poor arrangement of teeth. We take x-rays and impressions of your smile with state-of-the-art technology to create an ideal solution specifically for you.
Why Straighten Teeth?
A straighter smile is a healthier smile. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, making cavities, decay, and infection less likely. Orthodontic treatment can also improve speech patterns and make it easier to eat certain foods and prevent bite-related conditions like TMD.
Orthodontics can also be considered for cosmetic reasons. Your appearance can also be enhanced by a straight smile, providing better first impressions, and improving overall confidence.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
As your trusted one-stop-shop for all things dental care, we provide a wide variety of straightening treatments designed to encourage lasting oral health, including:
- Phase I, II & III Orthodontics
- Emergency Orthodontic Care
- Traditional Metal Braces for Children & Adults
- Damon® Braces
- Invisalign® Clear Aligners
- 6 Month Smiles®
- The In-Ovation® L MTM System
- Headgear & Retainers
Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment
Generally, the best time is during childhood. However, teens, adults, and seniors can undergo orthodontic treatment. Having healthy, properly aligned, teeth in your smile is quickly becoming more important than age when it comes to orthodontics.
Starting treatment early allows time for developmental changes and adjustments for permanent teeth. Consistent early orthodontic intervention lets us correct complex issues beforehand and eliminate the need for more invasive treatments in the future.
The great thing about orthodontics is that treatments are highly-versatile and easily-tailored to meet your unique needs, regardless of age. Our team is here to help you achieve a healthier, straighter smile.
Factors to Consider Before Braces
While Invisalign may be a more aesthetically-pleasing approach to orthodontic care, it is your responsibility to follow treatment guidelines. Failure to wear clear aligners for up to 22 hours daily can increase the length of treatment and may result in relapse. When used by responsible teens and adult patients, Invisalign is convenient and effective.
Weekly visits to our dental office may be challenging if you have a busy schedule. It may be more convenient to wear removable aligners. On the other hand, it may be difficult for some patients to remember to change or wear their aligners. Traditional, metal braces may be the best solution for these individuals to improve bite and teeth alignment.
Bite, and Jaw Requirements:
More complex orthodontic issues may require extensive treatment. Traditional braces can be the most effective way to achieve your desired smile if you have severe dental and bite misalignment. For minor misalignment, Invisalign is an excellent way to correct orthodontic problems without having to undergo extensive treatment.
Orthodontic Phase Treatment
Overall, it takes six to thirty months to complete orthodontic treatment. The treatment time will depend largely on your level of misalignment.
- Phase I – After a series of detailed consultations, exams, and evaluations of your smile as well as your overall medical history are conducted, we make an accurate diagnosis for the most effective way of aligning your teeth. When necessary, we begin any prerequisite procedures to prep the mouth for the next phase.
- Phase II – Next, we will recommend custom orthodontic devices to align your smile comfortability. Treatment can include traditional braces, clear braces, headgear, and retainers. Whatever orthodontic treatment is needed will be monitored closely and adjusted as needed to ensure your teeth are straightening as they should.
- Phase III – Once your teeth are properly aligned, we will remove or discontinue the appliance and make new impressions to create your retainer. It is important to wear your retainer every night to help maintain alignment.
Traditional, Metal Braces
Braces can correct crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, and problems with the jaw. Braces also address difficulties with eating, talking correctly, or keeping your teeth clean. The metal braces of today are now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable thanks to advances in dental technology. When applied to teeth, braces don't typically hurt. The metal arch wire that is woven through the brackets, mild discomfort, and soreness is completely normal for a few days.
Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. They require regular tightening so that your teeth can be gradually straightened, and your jaw aligned. Although metal bracelets are still common, different treatment options are available.
Damon braces are self-ligating devices equipped in the same manner as traditional metal braces. But instead of having brackets that regularly tighten and adjust your braces, Damon braces use a slide mechanism that attaches wires to brackets to move with teeth naturally as they straighten. This makes for additional comfort, aesthetics, and delivering strong results in a shorter period.
The In-Ovation® L MTM System, with a special free-sliding technology, gently guides your teeth and jaw into place, with little to almost no pressure. These brackets are ideal for patients whose teeth are required to move small distances. These brackets are completely invisible and work in a few short months to create your perfect smile.
Aesthetic Braces and Clear Aligners
Six Month Smiles are clear braces designed in around six months to straighten your teeth. This system achieves quick results as it focuses on addressing cosmetic issues by straightening the most visible teeth of your smile. Six Month Smiles braces can treat a variety of orthodontic problems that affect the aesthetic appearance of your smile using clear brackets and tooth-colored titanium wires.
For straightening your teeth without wires, Invisalign is a modern solution. Clear, smooth, and durable plastic is custom-molded into an almost invisible set of trays that snap over your teeth. You exchange your aligners every two weeks for a new set that slowly straightens your teeth to the ideal position.
Better Results with SureSmile®
Our team takes pictures of your teeth using an OraScanner — a wand that works like a 3-D camera. The images are sent to a computer to create a detailed 3-D model. SureSmile software allows us to view your teeth from any angle and determine the best treatment plan.
The archwire is mechanically made according to your prescription. Once fitted to your teeth, the wire provides gentle, consistent force to move them to the desired position.
Handling Orthodontic Emergencies
When appliances are first put on, it's not uncommon to experience a bit of soreness or some minor aches as teeth start moving into new positions. But knowing that orthodontic emergencies are rare is comforting.
However, if you think you may have an emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: is it an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, or is it a minor issue that you can temporarily take care of yourself until you can visit our office?
Orthodontic emergencies that need immediate care include:
- Traumatic injury to the teeth, face or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums, mouth or face
- Bleeding of the gums or mouth
- Severe, unmanageable discomfort or pain
Content our team at Best Dental Care right away if you or a loved one have experienced any of the above situations.
Minor Orthodontic Troubles
Fortunately, most orthodontic issues are minor compared to the situations mentioned above. However, they can still cause irritation, uneasiness, and discomfort. While emergencies are rare, our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment with us as comfortable as possible. Here are some of the more common orthodontic issues and how we can help you resolve them:
Loose or broken brackets, bands or wires: often caused by eating hard or sticky candy or food. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as is, and do not connect any elastics to it. You can cover it with orthodontic wax if it's irritating the inside of your mouth. If a bracket, band or wire comes off, save it and be sure to bring it with you to the appointment!
Lost or poking archwire or bracket: may start poking near the back of the mouth as your teeth begin to move. This can irritate your cheeks. With a pencil eraser or a Q-Tip, you can try to move the wire into a better position. Before doing anything regarding moving, or possibly cutting part of your archwire, please call our office for guidance or instructions. We do highly recommend you visit us first as we have the proper training and tools to fix the issue safely.
Overall tooth pain or loosening: may be accompanied by tenderness, especially after braces are placed or adjusted. For minor soreness, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers. A twice-a-day warm salt-water rinse may also help. If the pain continues and doesn’t seem to be getting any better, call us.
Achieve a Straighter, Healthier, and More Attractive Smile Today!
For your general and more complex orthodontic needs, turn to Best Dental Care. Drs. Matthew Cherian, Jean Bichara, and Nidal Yacoub provide precise and modern orthodontic care, providing you with a lifetime of straight and beautiful teeth. Call us to get started today!
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