There will always be a need for correction.
We know that the incidence of crooked teeth is getting worse in modern times (due to the modern diet and environment), and not everyone has, or takes, the opportunity to prevent their teeth from worsening as they grow (see Integrative Orthodontics). That's where Corrective Orthodontics comes in.
Come to Us for Choices.
I have always said that orthodontists are a rather inventive lot. Since the beginning of modern orthodontics – almost 130 years – we have always been searching for a better way to move teeth. Every decade brings a new wave of gadgets and gizmos that makes orthodontics more efficient, more comfortable and better looking.
As an orthodontic specialist, it is both my obligation and my joy to learn and to use the latest in orthodontic technologies. Now, more than ever, I find that I am able to offer my patients a wide range of CHOICES for their treatment.
For example, for the very common problem of excess overbite, I can often use five or six totally different techniques. I can use appliances (ie: any device that’s applied to the teeth to move them) that are attached to the teeth (fixed) or that can be taken out by the patient (removable). I can use appliances that are fixed to the front or to the back of the teeth. There are appliances that are totally clear or tooth colored. Some appliances are worn only at night. Some are smaller, some colored and some glow-in-the-dark. Some are shaped like footballs or flowers. And on and on.
They can be powered by elastics, springs, flexible wire, or even magnets. They can be anchored to the teeth, to the jaw bone, or even to the neck (the old-fashioned headgear). They can move your teeth or they can help your bones grow. You get the picture?
When you come to an office such as ours, my job is to figure out which of these appliances can work for you and discuss the pros and cons of each so you can choose which is right for you. You get to CHOOSE which one matches your preferences, your lifestyle, and your ability to handle it comfortably as well as one that fixes your teeth. We fit the appliance to the patient and not the patient to the appliance.
As with so many things in American life, and in health care, too, the companies that make and supply these appliances to orthodontists have begun to brand their products and market them directly to the public. Who hasn’t seen an Invisalign commercial yet? Or heard about the new “Damon bracket”?
While attracting the public to orthodontics, these ads can be confusing because they only give part of the picture (Don’t all ads?). They want you to think their product is better than others, of course - just like Honda says it’s better than Toyota. Both cars get you where you’re going, though, and all appliances can be used to get the best results if they are used properly in the right situation. And ALL appliances have their limitations – just ask any orthodontist who will be frank with you. It can be confusing, right?
Methods and Choices
Learn about all the choices we offer on the following pages. When you come to visit, we'll help you decide which are right for you.