Orthodontics is the perfect way to create an attractive smile, and although an orthodontic evaluation is usually best around age eight, it is never too late to initiate treatment.
The benefits of orthodontics are many and the most obvious is a winning smile that can be achieved by aligning the natural teeth in an attractive position in the mouth. This also improves the contours of the face and boosts a person’s self-esteem and confidence. If left untreated, misaligned teeth can be difficult to clean with subsequent gum problems and tooth decay and, in some cases, speech impediments. Jaw joint (TMJ) pain and associated headaches sometimes can be attributed to crooked teeth and incorrect bites.
An orthodontic evaluation is the first step taken prior to planning treatment. The teeth, jaw joints and your present bite are all taken into consideration. In addition to traditional braces, Dr. John offers the Invisalign® system. It is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always dreamed of. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved.