Why orthodontics?

A beautiful, healthy smile

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. However, there are many other reasons you may consider orthodontic treatment. For example, a more functional bite will improve the longevity and health of your teeth and gums. When the teeth and jaws are positioned correctly, it will also improve chewing, speech, digestion, sleep and much more. In essence, a beautiful smile and corrected bite will improve your overall health and self-confidence!

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How it works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets glued to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully, controlled direction, braces/clear aligners slowly move the teeth to a corrected position. You can choose metal or clear braces, or clear aligners if our doctors determine you to be a candidate. We use the most advanced materials, which move teeth faster with less discomfort to our patients.

When to start treatment

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get their first check-up with a Board Certified Orthodontist no later than age 7. With a thorough examination as the adult teeth begin to grow in, and as the face and jaws take shape, Dr. Hanigan, Dr. Johnson or Dr. Yeh will be able to diagnose if a problem exists, and if treatment is needed. Whether you’re a child, a teen, or an adult, our doctors are confident in treating patients of all ages, according to your concerns and diagnosis. Our promise to you is the right treatment at the right time in the most efficient and comfortable manner possible.

Duration of treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to two years, depending on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and respond differently to orthodontic treatment. As such, treatment time may vary from the original estimated completion date. Patient compliance is also a critical factor in achieving the most efficient treatment with the best results. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.