Often times a first impression is made before a first word is ever spoken and it comes from your smile. Wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to make the best possible first impression? Then you’d want to give serious consideration to the orthodontic care of Dr. Suzuki. With the right orthodontic care you can improve your health by correcting overbites and under bites to help you chew, speak and even breathe better. Thus enhancing your quality of life.
Why Now Is The Right Time
While the idea of orthodontic care can be a frightening image to some, with the advances made in the field of orthodontic care, it no longer has to be a long, uncomfortable and nerve racking process. Before treatment with orthodontic braces we will work with you to make any necessary preparations to allow you to have the facial support that comes with maintaining all of your teeth for your lifetime. Even orthodontic braces themselves have changed from the bulky design and image of a mouth full of metal to streamlined aligners and in some cases, hidden braces, treatment that goes unnoticed. A bright, straight smile can not only help your outward appearance but inside give you the confidence to help face any obstacle life can throw at you.
What About Metal Braces?
Metal Braces are the tried and true method of straightening teeth within a cost effective budget. While the mention of metal braces often conjures up the image of big clunky braces from the past, modern braces are now designed much smaller and comfortable than ever before. Made of stainless steel and sometimes in combination with titanium or even gold, conventional braces require elastic ties to hold the archwire in place.
For those concerned with the look of metal braces, there are other orthodontic solutions or braces alternatives including clear braces such as Invisalign Aligners. Either way, the appropriate orthodontic solution for your personal scenario will always be worked out with you, while being advised in person by Dr. Suzuki. Great smiles change lives, so the only question is; when are you ready to have your life changed?
Can Adults Wear Braces?
There is no age restriction for people who want to better their health and smile. Many adults now reap the benefits of braces without it being visible that they are going through treatment at all. For centuries, adults have sought ways to improve their smiles, as far back as ancient Egypt. The pinnacle of modern orthodontic technology however, has delivered advanced solutions ideal for adults.
Why Consider Braces as an Adult?
A time proven way to get a better smile.
Adults often have access to insurance they didn't have as a child.
Better Dental health and increased self-confidence.
Clear aligners make braces hard or even impossible to see.
Reduce TMJ, jaw "clicking" and chewing problems.
Solutions For Adults
Many orthodontic practices focus on solutions for children and teens. Dr. Suzuki’s clients are mostly adults. Partly because our unique orthodontic solutions are ideal for adults, and partly because of our reputation.
Dr. Suzuki offers both traditional aligners and Invisalign braces and will be happy to discuss these options with you in person when you meet.
When Should Parents Consider Orthodontic
Care for Children?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first visit to the orthodontist should come before the age of 7. At this time the first adult molars come in, establishing the back bite. While treatment may not be needed at the time, it does allow Dr. Suzuki to anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Early evaluation of a patient helps determine the best treatment to take when it is needed and prevents serious problems that can occur as the patient gets older. As part of an appropriate orthodontic treatment, Dr. Suzuki may select Align Technologies newest product Invisalign® Teen as the appropriate treatment.
What Is Invisalign ® Teen?
Invisalign ® Teen was designed with young people in mind. It accommodates the growth of secondary molars, has a Blue Dot Wear Indicator (to encourage compliance), and offers up to six, free, individual replacement aligners. Plus there are all the lifestyle benefits. Teens can still play sports as well as wind instruments, eat whatever they want, smile in photos, and brush and floss like they always did. All of that while they’re having their teeth straightened!
Invisalign Teen works in a similar way to braces in that pressures are applied to the teeth with plastic trays to get them to move. It helps correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues including: crowded teeth, spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
Research indicates that 95% of all teens worry about the appearance of metal braces. One of the reasons they worry is because of pain, but also because of their treatment being noticeable in photos. Because it’s nearly invisible, Invisalign ® Teen helps teenagers feel confident because they aren’t self-conscious about their treatment. Invisalign ® Teen is also less likely to cause tooth-and-gum irritation compared to braces.
How Does Invisalign ® Differ From Traditional Braces?
Invisalign ® braces are made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. Using a series of nearly invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Allowing you to be confident in your smile not only after your treatment but during so as well!
How does Invisalign ® Work?
Invisalign ® braces uses a series of custom made aligners that you wear for about 2 to 3 weeks, with you removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. With each new aligner your teeth will move little by little until they straighten to the final position as designed by Dr. Suzuki. You will make a visit to the doctor about once every 6 weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing as planned. Average treatment time ranges from 9-15 months, with the number of aligners worn being 18-30, varying case by case.
As an Invisalign ® provider, Dr. Suzuki realizes that it’s not just about the final result of a great smile but how you feel while getting there. By providing Invisalign ® orthodontics you can get a great smile without it being evident you are even going through treatment.
Why Choose Invisalign ® Braces?
Removable throughout treatment.
Ability to eat and drink what you want.
Easier brushing and flossing.
No metal and wires.
Less time spent at the doctor’s office to adjust your braces.