At Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’re unique in the fact that we provide comprehensive general dentistry as well as orthodontic care for patients of all ages. That means that you won’t need to worry about toting your family from dental practice to orthodontic practice all the way across town, because you can receive all the services your loved ones need right here! To schedule a consultation for any of our orthodontic services, call our office today.
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Traditional orthodontics is what most patients think of when they hear that they need braces. These are the classic metal braces that consist of small brackets that are adhered to the surface of each tooth that hold a sturdy archwire in place. The archwire is designed to place a slight amount of pressure on the teeth. That way, as you progress through your treatment, you’ll notice that your teeth are beginning to line up better. This process can also address mild, moderate, and even more severe orthodontic issues.
Invisalign is a modern, discreet method of straightening teeth that utilizes clear aligners that are custom-made for your unique smile. They’re similar to retainers in the fact that they’re removable and more flexible, so you’ll be able to take them out to brush and floss your teeth and eat. That way, you won’t have to cut out certain foods as you undergo treatment. Invisalign can tackle most orthodontic issues that braces can, with the exception of more complex bite problems. It’s an excellent treatment option for teens and adults who want to maintain their appearance.
We offer Phase 1 Orthodontics for younger children who don’t have their permanent teeth yet. Our goal in providing them with an orthodontic appliance at such a young age is to address severe issues—that way, they don’t need to undergo incredibly invasive and long-lasting treatment as teens. This process can range from prescribing a single orthodontic appliance to limited braces or the removal of certain baby teeth that are overcrowded. The specifics will be determined by you and your child once Dr. Fitzgerald discusses our team’s findings with you.
Clear/ceramic braces offer the exact same benefits and are just as reliable as traditional metal ones, but there is one big difference—they are barely visible! The brackets, wires, and rubber bands are all made from translucent or tooth-colored materials, enabling the appliance to blend seamlessly into the smile. We typically recommend them to patients who could benefit from braces but are concerned about them sticking out. With this treatment, anyone can smile confidently throughout the treatment process.
Our SmileStream IP (Individual Patent) Appliance is a customized orthodontic system that takes into consideration a patient’s unique oral and facial anatomy. Due to the highly customized nature of this orthodontic treatment, it’s able to offer a variety of unique benefits to patients, including reduced treatment time by up to 40 percent, long-lasting results, and high predictability in case results. You can learn more about this treatment by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Fitzgerald today.
Anybody who undergoes orthodontic treatment will need to wear a retainer for some period of time to make sure that their results last. This is because your teeth have a type of “muscle memory” that allows them to gradually shift back into their original positions after your treatment. If this happens, it will erase all of the hard work and dedication that you put into aligning your smile. We’ll craft a customized retainer that will hold your teeth in their new position and ensure lasting results.
For adults who have difficulty breathing due to narrowed airways and other factors, Dr. Fitzgerald offers customized oral appliances to help shift the jaw forward and allow patients to receive enough oxygen as they sleep. The same is true for children, except Dr. Fitgerald's customized oral appliances help ensure their jaws grow properly. This can not only help improve you or your child’s quality of rest, but it can also improve physical health by minimizing the risk of developing medical conditions associated with sleep apnea.
Sometimes, the root cause of orthodontic problems is due to the way that the face and jaw develop, which primarily occurs during childhood. Dentofacial orthopedics addresses this underlying problem that could lead to severe orthodontic issues down the road while children are still developing. Through certain appliances and regular examinations of how the facial structure is developing, Dr. Fitzgerald can help minimize the extent of any oral misalignment down the road for your child.