Everyone deserves a perfect smile they can be confident in. Being comfortable smiling can lead to greater satisfaction and success in nearly all areas of life. But a great smile isn’t the only reason braces are important.
Having properly aligned teeth is also important for oral health. Misaligned teeth can cause health complications, resulting from larger issues like overbites/underbites, or smaller ones, such as crowding. These issues, if not properly accounted for, can lead to more serious health problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, bone loss, and even chronic jaw discomfort (TMJ).
Today, there are more options than ever for braces, and they’ve become more affordable, so no matter your age, you are always a candidate for braces!
Thanks to recent developments in Orthodontic technology, there are more options for braces than ever. Braces will become a big part of your life during the treatment period, and so we recommend you be well informed about the different types of braces we offer at OoLi Orthodontics, as well as how to care for your braces and teeth during treatment.
During your complimentary consultation session, we will discuss the pros and cons of each type of braces to help you make the right decision. Also, depending on your particular case, one type of braces may suit your teeth and bite better than others.
For those who do not want their braces to be very noticeable, clear or white braces are an aesthetic alternative because clear or white braces are less obvious than metal braces. Crystal/Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material, which makes them visually less prominent. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal.
Clear braces move your teeth in exactly the same way as metal braces do. Clear ceramic braces are quite comfortable to wear and just as efficient at moving teeth as traditional metal braces. The only real drawback to these brackets is that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Damon System is not just a new product; it’s a whole new way of treating patients. Conventional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.
Conventional braces are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment.
Certified Damon System doctors combine three key components, which when used together, deliver faster treatment, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistent high-quality results:
The Invisalign® system is a unique treatment option that allows patients to receive orthodontic treatment without the use of braces actually on the teeth. The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates-called aligners-that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. Each set of clear aligners are worn for a period of approximately 2 weeks each until the final treatment goals have been reached. The use of Invisalign requires for patients to follow the guidelines for compliance with the utmost importance. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.
The Incognito™ Appliance System is designed to help orthodontists meet the growing preference for invisible, convenient and comfortable orthodontic care. Featuring fixed brackets, the Incognito System can be used to treat a wide range of patients and orthodontic case types. Placed on the back side of the teeth, Incognito Orthodontic Braces are completely hidden from view.
Incognito Orthodontic Braces are also 100% customized to meet the unique orthodontic prescription of every patient. Customization can lead to a more convenient and comfortable treatment experience.
Life with braces can be enjoyable, and you’ll often forget you even have them. However, there are areas where you need to be aware of the limitations of braces, and occasionally exercise caution.
What can you eat? Well, most things, but let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first couple of days, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. You’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water or mouthwash. You can also put special orthodontic wax that we provide on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how when you have braces on!
This is to be expected throughout treatment. No need to worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions when the braces come off.
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients are expected to see their dentist for a hygiene appointment every three to six months during the treatment. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. When you have braces on, we will provide you the personal ‘Oral Care Kit’ for your convenience and will show you how to brush and floss properly!
To successfully complete the orthodontic treatment, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.
If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
We recognize that most of our patients have obligations during the day, usually involving work or school. When orthodontic treatment begins, some of your appointments may conflict with work or school schedules. One of our goals is to have as few of these inconveniences as possible. To help us achieve our goal, we have devoted considerable time and effort to establishing the following scheduling guidelines.
The majority of our appointments will be approximately 30 minutes. These appointments are scheduled throughout the day.
Appointments requiring more than 30 minutes are scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This way, the entire afternoon is not committed to one or two patients. Instead, we are able to accommodate as many families as possible.
Our goal is to accommodate you as soon as possible based on the urgency of the situation. If you have a problem with your appliances, please call the office before you come in. This will allow us to assess the problem and determine the appropriate amount of time needed for our visit. Should you have any discomfort after hours or on weekends, you can contact the doctor by calling the office phone number.
We realize that once in a while, unforeseen circumstances arise which may cause you to change or overlook your appointment. We will do our best to reschedule your visit as soon as possible.
It is our goal to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment for the fee that you can afford. Our fees vary according to the complexity of the case, estimated length of treatment time, patient cooperation, as well as other factors. An estimated cost and treatment length may be discussed during the initial consultation.
We offer a variety of payment options to meet your need. We also offer the automatic charging option to your visa or Mastercard upon your approval for your convenience. We offer family discount and bookkeeping discount for payment made in full at the start of active treatment. We also offer several financing options including interest free in-house financing and the third party financing via Care Credit.
If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available. We will help you in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.
Orthodontic insurance generally differs from regular dental insurance in that each insured individual on the policy usually has a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic services. Any reimbursements from your insurance company are a benefit to you and do not reflect upon your financial obligation to our office. Our professional services are rendered and charged directly to the patient and the patient or parent is responsible for payment of all fees incurred.