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Our Madison Orthodontists Are Experts in Invisalign & Traditional Braces.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that is officially known as Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, which is simply another way of saying “bad bite.” First Choice Dental uses both Invisalign and traditional (Damon) braces to help smiles be straight, beautiful and healthy. In fact, Dr. Sarah Santos-Rangsuebsin is an Invisalign Premier Provider in Wisconsin, which means that she's among the top Invisalign providers in the state.
Orthodontics isn't simply a cosmetic procedure. When you have a malocclusion or "bad bite", your teeth, lips and/or jaws don’t line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly and your jaws may look unbalanced.
To fix bad bites, orthodontists – dentists who are specially trained – use braces and other corrective procedures, including materials often called “appliances,” to achieve tooth and jaw alignment. This correction of the teeth and their supportive structures makes for a healthy, attractive smile.
Why Our Madison Orthodontists Agree with the American Association of Orthodontics that kids should see an orthodontist at age 7.
Modern orthodontics is much different than it was a decade or so ago. When most people think of orthodontics, they think of teenagers. The truth is, most orthodontics treatment today begins between the ages of 9 and 14. By age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important, because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early.
For these reasons, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news.
Adult Orthodontics. It's never too late to get started with an orthodontist.
Are you an adult who's always wanted to change your smile? You can! Adult orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable brackets, adults are finding braces more appealing. Many adults also choose Invisalign™ Invisible braces for a "clear alternative to braces". Healthy teeth, bones and gums respond well to orthodontic treatment at almost any age. It’s never too late to get a healthy, beautiful smile.
Reasons why our Madison Orthodontists Say Adult Orthodontics is Becoming More Popular
- You're getting married and want to start your new life with a new smile. Many adults choose their wedding day to kick off a straighter smile.
- You're tired of hiding how happy you are behind your hand or closed lips. We often hear that people simply get tired of being self-conscious and want a change that helps them smile with confidence.
- Your son or daughter is getting married and you want to have the pictures capture your beautiful, confident new smile.
- You're finally at a point in life where it's your turn. Maybe you just put three teens through braces or three kids through college, and it's finally your turn to do something for you. There's no time like the present!
What does orthodontic treatment involve?
First and foremost, orthodontic treatment involves the patient. To achieve the desired results, the patient must diligently follow the orthodontist’s instructions about wearing orthodontic appliances and practice good dental hygiene. With braces, certain foods, like peanut brittle, caramels and bubble gum are off limits – as is chewing ice.
Our orthodontists provide custom-made braces, retainers or other corrective appliances, according to the problem being treated. Whether they’re removable or “fixed” into the mouth, whether they’re made of metal, ceramic, or plastic, all orthodontic appliances have a common purpose – to use gentle pressure to move teeth and jaws into their proper positions. Today’s patients benefit from techniques and materials that enhance the comfort of orthodontic treatment.
Our Madison Orthodontists are Your One-Stop Resource for Orthodontics and Dental Care
We frequently hear from patients that one of the things they love best about First Choice Dental is having their dentist and their orthodontist all in one spot. We're your one-stop resource for family dentistry and orthodontic treatment. We can make visits convenient so that you can visit your dentist and then walk down the hallway to visit your orthodontist, saving you time.
Because dental hygiene is so important, regular visits to the family dentist must continue every six months during orthodontic treatment. It is essential that the patient avoid food which may damage orthodontic appliances. Patients must learn dietary guidelines that are friendly to braces and won't impede your orthodontic treatment. The patient must also maintain a healthy, nutritional diet to achieve the best possible results from treatment. A good diet provides essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing change during orthodontic treatment.
Getting started with First Choice Dental Orthodontics.
Patients are amazed that our orthodontics consultations are free. We want you to have time to explore your options. At First Choice Dental, your initial orthodontic consultation is provided free of charge so you can explore your options for orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontics experts can tell you more and help you set up your consultation today.