We provide a full range of orthodontic treatments to help our patients on their journey to a healthy, beautiful smile. Learn more about our treatment options below.
Invisalign straightens your teeth over time by using a series of clear aligners that are custom-fitted to your exact smile. Just like any orthodontic treatment, you’ll complete a free consultation to evaluate your smile and overall oral health to ensure that aligners are a good treatment option. Then, before photos and records are taken, as well as impressions of your teeth to create the custom aligners. Every few weeks or so, as scheduled with your orthodontist, you’ll pick up a new set of aligners to keep moving your teeth. During this time, your orthodontist will monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your aligners to make sure that they are working as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Invisalign treatment can typically be completed in an average of 12-18 months. However, much like any form of orthodontic treatment, the treatment time will vary based on each person’s needs, and how long the aligners are worn each day. Optimal results occur when the aligners are worn for 20-22 hours per day, and are generally removed only for eating and during regular brushing and flossing. During your consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with an estimate for the length of treatment time.
Braces work by exerting light and constant pressure on your teeth, much like regular exercise can do for your other bones. When this happens, the connective tissue in your gums moves and shifts in tiny increments, allowing bone to grow into place, holding your teeth in their new position. This is called bone remodeling.
Braces are part of the active component of orthodontic treatment. Teeth movement and bone remodeling happens when the arch wire puts pressure on the teeth. Sometimes appliances such as headgear are needed to stop the movement of particular teeth so others can align properly around them, or springs or rubber bands may be used to put pressure on a tooth at a specific angle so that it moves into alignment in harmony with the rest of the teeth.
Although braces have been around for quite a long time, there have been many developments and advancements in the materials, methods, and techniques of orthodontic braces, which make them a consistently excellent and effective treatment option for many people of all ages.
Sleep apnea is more than just violent snoring. It’s a kind of sleep disorder that involves the cessation or interruption of normal at-rest breathing. This stoppage in breathing is known as an apnea, and apneas can least between a few seconds to a few minutes. The number of apneas per hour can vary from patient to patient, but they generally range from five to 30 an hour.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Gasping for breath during sleep
- Irritability and mood swings
How can our orthodontists help you?
Orthodontists have special education and training in facial growth and development, putting them in a unique position to be able to identify issues such as sleep apnea. For some patients, their sleep apnea can be caused by growth deformities in the upper jaw or airway that can block airflow to the lungs while sleeping. Orthodontists are trained in correcting these very issues.
It is estimated that nearly half of people who have sleep apnea have an abnormality in the bony structure around the airway. This means orthodontics may be a valuable resource in helping correct their issue.
Orthodontic treatment can expand the upper jaw and work to advance the mandible, helping to modify the structures that can help manage sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy can also be used to help improve the breathing patterns during sleep. The appliance works similar to a mouthguard, but works to hold the lower jaw forward in order to ensure the airway stays open.
Untreated sleep apnea can have serious consequences on your health. In addition to the effects lack of sleep can cause, sleep apnea patients may also suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke.
If you have sleep apnea and would like to learn more about how orthodontics may be able to provide some relief, schedule your free consultation today.
Surgical Orthodontics is an option for treatment when the bite problem or skeletal discrepancy is so severe that orthodontic treatment is not enough to correct the problem, or where orthodontics alone would leave you with a compromised facial appearance. Orthognathic surgery, or orthodontic treatment in combination with jaw surgery, can be used.
Severe malocclusion (or a bad bite) may cause functional problems, such as inability to chew food properly, speech difficulties, and facial dysfunction characterized by headaches, joint pain, and periodontal problems. Furthermore, there are often self-esteem issues related to the physical appearance relative to the jaw discrepancy. Orthognathic surgery can also be an important part of the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
After surgery, some fine tuning of your bite with braces or Invisalign will be necessary prior to completion of treatment with regular orthodontic checks. The post-surgical phase of orthodontic treatment usually begins 4-8 weeks after the surgical procedure and typically lasts 2-6 months.
While surgery may be the best option to achieve optimal functional and cosmetic results, it is always an elective procedure. Other treatment options will be presented to you at the consultation appointment.
iTero and Virtual Treatment planning
Advances in orthodontic technology have allowed us to more precisely diagnose and treat our patients. We have committed ourselves to staying in a leadership position in all aspects of orthodontics allowing us to better serve you and your family.
Part of the technology at Silver Lake Orthodontics is the new iTero scanner, which does away with having to take impressions of your teeth. This scanner allows us to create a computerized 3D image of your teeth so that we can plan your tooth movements throughout your entire treatment plan. The iTero scanner system digitally captures the contours of your teeth, providing an accurate digital orthodontic scan in just minutes.
The digital impression procedure ensures a more comfortable experience for the patient and produces a more precise scan for our doctors. What’s more, the scanner uses visible light, so you won’t have any exposure to radiation during the procedure.