When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
Invisalign® is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are a series of clear, removable, custom-made and virtually invisible! Since they don’t use any metal wires or brackets, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
Many of our patients had never considered traditional braces but are now happily and comfortably improving their smiles with Invisalign®. Our Invisalign® Preferred Provider status means that you can trust us to get the job done right the first time.
what conditions can INVISALIGN® treat?
By using its advanced technology, Invisalign can treat a broad range of dental and orthodontic conditions, which, in the past, were usually treated with traditional braces. Invisalign can be used to treat overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, underbite and overbite.
how does INVISALIGN® work?
You wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks, which you remove only to eat, drink, brush and floss.
Now teens don’t have to worry about embarrassing metal braces in their yearbook photos or Instagram Profiles – introducing Invisalign Teen™! Invisalign Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces, using aligners that are removable and virtually invisible (which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing). Dr. Bob Bryan Orthodontics recommends Invisalign Teen to their Allentown, PA patients because you can continue to eat and drink what you want and you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth. Plus, there are no wires, metal, or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
WHAT makes INVISALIGN teen® unique?
Invisalign™ consulted with leading orthodontists, parents, and teens, themselves, to custom-design an Invisalign system perfect for the dental needs of teenagers. With blue-to-clear color-changing aligners to show how long each aligner has been worn, six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today’s teens’ busy lifestyles!
Invisalign Teen is the perfect way for your child to straighten their teeth in a discreet way. The team At Dr. Bob Bryan Orthodontics wants your child to be confident and comfortable during and after treatment.
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts for a minimum of 24 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
We use Essix Clear Retainers for your upper retainers, as well as bonded retainers on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth. You must be very careful when handling your upper retainers, as they are fragile and costly to replace. You are given a special case for your retainer; please make sure you keep them in this case when not wearing it! To clean these retainers, brush them with toothpaste (we recommend using denture cleaner) and warm water.
Your retainers should be worn at all times with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth. Your retainer should also be removed when participating in sports that require a mouthguard or while swimming. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, allowing the retainer to strictly be worn at night.
Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Painful and lasting injuries to the mouth can happen in the blink of an eye while participating in team and extreme sports. Preventing injuries to your mouth, teeth, and gums is an important part of orthodontic treatment near Bethlehem, Pa with Dr. Bob Bryan. This is why we offer free orthodontic mouth guards to our patients during treatment , as well as offer custom fit mouth guards for a fee after a patients’ treatment with braces.
Since your orthodontic treatment is an investment last will last a lifetime if properly maintained with retention, it only makes sense to take extra care of your beautiful new smile!
still not convinced?
Have a look at the funny video below courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontists.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
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