People of all ages have decided that living with crooked teeth and an uneven bite are no longer an option and are turning to orthodontics as a way of correcting any malocclusions. The best orthodontist in Rockbridge has been helping people straighten their teeth and even out their bites for 25 years. Treatment at David Family Orthodontics begins with a consultation during which our doctor will examine your mouth and use 3-D imaging to determine your problem and recommend treatment options. She will then discuss all options and exam findings with you detail so you can make an educated decision.
The most often used treatment option is traditional braces. Braces consist of bonding stainless steel or ceramic brackets on the patient’s teeth and threading arch wires through the brackets. The tension on of the wires on the brackets gently pushes the teeth in the direction needed. Our doctor will adjust the tension on each tooth during follow-up visits to help direct the teeth’s movements. Often other appliances such as headgear and mouth extenders will also be used to help the process, especially with younger patients. The orthodontic process using braces can take between one and three years depending on the severity of the case. Many of our older teenaged and adult patients prefer not to use traditional braces. Our practice also offers Invisalign aligners. The aligners are custom fitting clear trays, which fit snugly over the teeth and push them gently into the proper place. Our best orthodontist in Rockbridge will send the 3-D images to Invisalign who will develop a set of custom aligners for each patient. The Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible so no one knows the patient is using them.
Our best orthodontist in Rockbridge also offers interceptive orthodontics for young children. Instead of waiting until age 12 or so to begin orthodontics our office will examine a child’s mouth and teeth at age seven to determine if orthodontic treatment will be necessary. During this early first stage of an eventual two-stage process our doctor will do some necessary treatment techniques such as arch expansion, which allows more room for the permanent teeth or use some appliances that allow for greater jaw growth. This is done to make Phase 2, which is a more traditional orthodontic treatment easier with less need for tooth extraction and less use of dental appliances by the then teenage patient. Whatever your age make an appointment with our office for a complimentary evaluation to find out how we can help your bite.