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Who We Are
Our office of skilled Orthodontists in Fort Wayne, Indiana guarantee to straighten your smile. Every orthodontist can offer a unique skill to you and/or the child. We can help straighten your teeth with either clear aligners or traditional braces.
Our doctors are members of both the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) and American Dental Association. Continue reading to find out more about our dentists and what they can do for you and your family.
Our Orthodontic Dentistry Services
People will always first notice your smile. It is important to have a straight, beautiful smile. There are many options for braces. We have something to suit everyone.
Traditional Braces: These braces straighten your teeth using metal wires and brackets. Attached archwires pull the teeth into their desired positions. The attached metal brackets can be cemented to each tooth. They are the cheapest option, and most commonly used to straighten teeth in young children and teens.
Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are the same as traditional braces. They use brackets and wires that pull or push your teeth in a straight line, but using ceramic brackets. Because ceramic brackets are transparent, they are less obvious. Ceramic braces are more costly.
Clear aligners: These clear aligners can be used to correct minor alignment problems. These aligners are removable and can be removed to allow for good oral hygiene. Braces are not attached to wires and brackets, so it is almost impossible for others to notice that you have them. Invisalign would be a brand name example of this.
If your retainers aren’t properly maintained, your teeth can still move around after your braces have been removed. Retainers can be worn only at night. Retainers keep your teeth aligned and prevent you from having to get braces again.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Sleep apnea can be a sleep disorder. It occurs when your airway is blocked and interrupts your sleep. Your airway will be blocked if your throat muscles relax during sleep. The brain will notify you that your body is not receiving enough oxygen. Your day can be disrupted by sleep apnea. To receive a diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea come to our office. There are many ways to treat sleep apnea.
TMD is caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw and skull. TMD is when your jaw feels like it has a throbbing pain or if you feel a lot of popping in it. TMD can cause severe pain in the jaw, making it hard to chew and communicate properly. Come to our office if you feel pain in your jaw. We can discuss the various treatment options.
You are invited to look through our site and discover more about each treatment. Give us a shout if you have questions! Fort Wayne Orthodontist will be happy to help you in any way we can.
We use the latest Orthodontic technologies to recommend the perfect treatment for you
Everything you wanted to know about Braces
Fort Wayne Orthodontist provides braces for a range of ages. Braces can be used to align teeth for adults, teens, or youth. We can help improve your smile, and boost your confidence. For a free consultation, call our office today if you’re interested in braces. Our office is conveniently located in Fort Wayne Indiana, and we will be happy to help you achieve your smile potential.
Orthodontics for Children
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it’s best to consult with children as young as 7 years old to determine if treatment is necessary. Crossbites and crowding can all be assessed at this time. The orthodontist will direct the jaw’s growth and guide the incoming permanent teeth if treatment is started early. An early treatment will allow for the regulation of the dental arch width, the placement of permanent teeth and the prevention of permanent tooth extractions. It can also correct thumb sucking and other speech and swallowing problems. Early treatment is better for the long-term.
Orthodontics for Adults
Adult orthodontics are very common. Everyone deserves a perfect smile, no matter your age. One in five orthodontic patients is older than 21. Adults can pose a challenge because their jaws and mouth have stopped developing and growing. Braces should be considered for anyone who is at risk of developing a problem. Our doctors are able to help each patient achieve the smile they desire.
The many types of Braces
We offer four options for aligning teeth. These include traditional braces, ceramic braces, clear braces (clear aligners, think Invisalign) and lingual braces. Every type serves a purpose. We’ll discuss your specific situation and help you choose the best treatment for you. If you’re interested in braces, give us a shout!
Different types of Braces appliances
Braces usually consist of wires and brackets, but sometimes additional braces are required to achieve straighter teeth. We have provided a list of some common appliances that can straighten your teeth or correct any other issues.
Herbst Appliance: The Herbst appliance is mainly used for growing children. This appliance corrects an overbite by moving the lower jaw forward, and the upper molars in reverse.
Palatal Expander: This expander increases the size of your upper jaw (or widens it) by gently pressing on your upper teeth. Once you have achieved the required expansion, the appliance will be worn for several months in order to keep it from regressing and solidifying the result.
Retainers: You can use retainers to keep your tooth from falling out again after treatment. Retainers will ensure that your teeth remain straight. Retainers are only needed at night for most cases.
Elastics: can be used for many purposes. Elastic bands can be used to shift your jaw or teeth in a different position while keeping everything secure and tight. You can place them in a variety of sizes and styles. They must be worn exactly as directed.
Separators: These are used to help you make more space by moving your teeth. When overcrowding becomes a problem, separators can be used. Separators can be used to move your teeth apart so that we can place the appliances you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Orthodontics: What's it all about?
Orthodontics, also known as dentofacial orthotics, is a special form of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing facial and dental abnormalities.
What is an Orthodontist?
A dentist who has had 2 to 3 additional years of training and experience is called an orthodontist. An orthodontist can straighten your teeth and correct any misaligned jaw structures. They also have the ability to improve your smile’s function.
Is there a right age for a child to begin seeing the Orthodontist?
Any age is a good age to visit an orthodontist if you are looking to enhance the appearance and feel of your teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should see an orthodontist at 7 years old to assess their growth and identify any problems. However, treatment for orthodontics isn’t just limited to teens and children. About one-in-five orthodontic patients are over 21. You can visit an orthodontist at any age, whether you are considering orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself.
What can I do to take care of my teeth if I have a retainer or braces?
Always remember to floss once daily and brush your teeth every time you eat. Use toothpaste with fluoride. Ask your dentist or family dentist about fluoride rinses. It will prevent you from getting cavities. Keep your retainer safe when you use it to brush, floss and eat. You can also brush your retainer gently using a toothbrush or toothpaste. Denture cleaner can be used twice per week. Avoid hot or boiling water and the dishwasher. Avoid sugary foods during your treatment. Sugar increases your bacteria growth, which can lead to more cavities and plaque.
Sticky and chewy food (gummy bears, candy, chewing gum, gummy bears), sticky foods (hard candy nuts, hard candy), hard foods (hard candies, nuts, ice cubes) or foods that might get caught in braces (corn on a cob, soft bagels ribs etc.). Check out our full list of foods that you should avoid as well as foods that can be eaten.
Schedule routine dental checkups with the family dentist. You should continue your visits to the dentist at least every six months.
What are braces?
Braces are used by your orthodontist to improve the appearance and feel of you smile. You have a variety of options when it comes to braces, such as:
- Clear Braces
- Braces made of ceramic
- Lingual braces. They are attached on the backside of your teeth and are therefore hidden from everyone else!
- Self-ligating braces. These braces are self-ligating and have tiny “doors”, which close above the wire.
- Invisible Braces
- Braces made of traditional metal
How long will I need to wear braces once I have them fitted?
Braces may be worn for a different amount of time depending on each patient. Each smile reacts to treatment differently. The average treatment time is 22 months. However, standard treatments can be completed in as little as 6 months.
Are braces painful?
Braces are not painful. However, it is possible to feel some discomfort during the first few days while your mouth, teeth and gums adjust to braces.
Do I need to brush my teeth more frequently if I have braces?
Braces require that you brush your teeth at the very least three times per day. This will help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Regular brushing will remove food stuck between braces. To reach places between the braces that your toothbrush can’t, floss every day. Once your braces have been placed, your orthodontist will show you how to brush and floss properly.
Should I have dental checks every six months even if I wear braces?
Yes! It’s important for patients who have received orthodontic treatment to visit their dentist on a regular basis. Braces can trap food in areas that are not reachable by your toothbrush. It can cause bacteria buildup and lead to gum disease, gingivitis and cavities. To ensure that braces don’t cause any damage to your smile, your dentist will be working closely with you.
My braces will interfere with school activities like singing, instrument playing, and sports. What do I do?
While braces may need to be adjusted when your first braces are installed, you can still participate in school activities. To protect braces and appliances, you should wear a mouthguard if you are involved in contact sports. Our office stocks several mouthguard types that you can choose from!
What is the best way to schedule my next appointment?
Call our office! The front desk staff will help you schedule your next appointment. We will gladly assist you if you have been referred by a physician or a patient.