Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adult Braces: It's Never Too Late To Improve Your Smile!

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.

Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.

During the initial examination, Dr. Luis will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.

A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Indirect Bonding: Improving the Braces Experience

RiteBite Orthodontics uses an indirect method of positioning your braces properly on your teeth, ultimately creating an ideal smile for you. Indirect bonding results in an increased level of precision, leading to ideal results much faster than you would with traditional methods. Traditional application of braces involved a long appointment, placing the braces on the teeth one at a time, directly in the mouth. The old method of placing braces directly on the teeth, one at a time, while the patient is in the dental chair is prone to inaccuracy and errors due to the inability to directly view the teeth properly and patient movement.

How does it work?

Once you have decided to proceed with orthodontic treatment, an appointment is arranged to take very accurate impressions of your teeth. The impressions are then poured and a model representation of your teeth is produced. The model of your teeth, allows Dr. Luis to examine your teeth from every angle imaginable, for precision positioning of your braces. Dr. Luis then positions your braces on your tooth model.

What does treatment with indirect bonding mean to you?

With the indirect bonding system, the top and bottom braces are placed as a single unit, rather than tooth-by-tooth, resulting in a much shorter and pleasant appointment the day you receive your braces. The treatment results generated by this method enable exceptional accuracy when positioning braces, because Dr. Luis is able to fine tune bracket placement with unmatched precision. Because of increased accuracy, patient cases using indirect bonding progress much faster than usual, meaning less time in braces and patients also have to undergo fewer adjustment appointments. This means less disruption to your everyday life.