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Orthodontics

Engineering Straighter Teeth

Traditional orthodontics typically involve the use of metal or clear braces. Steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change will correct the position of teeth over time. Here’s how it works: Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the tooth. These brackets work as handles to which other components are attached to move your tooth in various directions. A skinny metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, the archwire places pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are needed, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.

Conventional braces allow Dr. Hale to exert more control over how your teeth are straightened. More complex corrections can be made using this technique. Because this type of braces can’t be easily removed and are constantly monitored, there is less risk of problems caused by failure to wear the proper aligner for the appropriate amount of time. In general, braces are worn for two to two-and-a-half years. However, everyone requires a different amount of correction and the time needed will vary by patient.

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Straight Teeth, Fast! – We offer several options for amazingly fast and discreet teeth straightening.

Straight Teeth in Six Short Months

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With Six Month Smiles™ or the Powerprox Six Month Braces™ Technique, we can give you a beautiful smile, quickly and comfortably, by straightening the teeth visible in your smile. Whether your teeth have gaps or are crowded and overlapped, many cases can be completed in six months or less, and in just ten (or fewer) short appointments. These methods use a comfortable low-force technique, and because the treatment time is shorter, it’s usually less expensive than traditional comprehensive orthodontics.

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A Clear Choice to Straighten Your Smile

We offer the full range of clear aligner therapy, including both Invisalign™ and ClearCorrect™ invisible aligners. These innovative solutions allow you to have straight teeth in as little as 9 – 15 months! These aligners can correct overcrowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite.

The treatment involves changing the clear custom-made aligners approximately every two weeks, and no metal or wires means less time in the chair getting adjustments. Clear aligners gently move your teeth into a straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. No braces, wires, or headgear are required! This means no mouth irritation, and even better, no one will know you’re straightening your teeth because – it’s invisible! The clear aligners are easily removable so you can not only eat and drink what you want while in treatment, brushing and flossing are no problem. Join the patients who have already discovered the joy of straightened teeth – invisibly!

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Are you ready for the smile of your dreams? We can schedule a complimentary orthodontics consultation to find out the best orthodontic treatment for you. Call (239) 494-8071 now.