Our goal is to optimize your oral health for life.
We have a unique philosophy regarding braces. Our focus is on the health of the TMJ, supportive muscles, the airway, the jaw, and that the teeth are aligned into their physiologic harmonious position.
Do I get to choose which option I want?
While we do take your preferences into account, the best treatment options will vary based on the complexity of your individual case. Nowadays, we most often use ceramic “clear brackets”. They are a great option because they are smaller, less noticeable and more effective. Invisalign® clear aligners are also an option; however, they are not for all patients. Your best course of action is to book a consultation with Dr. Gray to see which options are best for you.
At what age should I start orthodontic treatment?
Every case and every patient is different, but it is never too early or too late to start. For adults — who come to us quite frequently — it is really never too late. Braces can be as effective in adulthood as they are in childhood. For children, early intervention can eliminate the need for more extensive treatment later in life. Taking early action can help prevent crowding or misaligned teeth or bite. Plus, starting treatment earlier takes advantage of the way a child grows to make treatment more effective. Regardless of your starting point, a straighter, better aligned smile can have a positive effect emotionally, socially, and functionally.
BRACES and INVISALIGN®
Why should you get braces?
Traditionally, braces are great at aligning/straightening your teeth. But, at our office, we really want to use the braces to develop your jaw, creating a healthy airway and functional TMJ while still giving you the smile you want and deserve.
What kind of braces are available?
Nowadays, we mostly use ceramic brackets rather than metal ones because they are smaller, more effective, and less noticeable. We may use metal brackets for some patients, depending on the situation. The majority of treatment to maximize your development, open the airway, and promote a healthy TMJ is done with braces. There are some circumstances where we will use Invisalign® (clear aligners) to correct the problem.
How often will I need to have my braces adjusted?
Since the treatment plan typically lasts 24 months, most braces are adjusted every 4-6 weeks; however, this will vary from patient to patient.
Are there things I need to avoid once I get my braces?
Yes, your hygienist will go over everything in detail when they see you. You will need to avoid certain foods , mostly things that are sticky (like taffy) and things that are hard to bite into (like nuts). Also, if you have clear brackets, you may want to avoid foods that stain (like coffee or soda).
What are the benefits to getting braces?
Since Invisalign® is mainly used for simply straightening your teeth, braces — whether traditional metal or ceramic — are typically used for more advanced cases of orthodontic care. While straightening your teeth can be painful for a few days after each adjustment, the outcome will be well worth it!
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth using custom clear aligners. There are only certain circumstances where the use of Invisalign is appropriate in order to have a healthy oral complex.