Orthodontist Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
Orthodontics is more than just braces. A dentist trained as an orthodontist works with patients to provide them not only with a straight smile, but also correct jaw alignment, gaps, uneven sizing, and more.
Importance of Orthodontics
While a beautiful smile is important for people of all ages, achieving and maintaining healthy teeth is also a top priority. An uneven smile not only looks less attractive, it can result in other problems as well.
Some of these issues include difficulty cleaning the teeth, painful chewing, breathing problems, uneven wear, infection, and even tooth breakage. An orthodontist is critical in helping to align the teeth for both a beautiful outward appearance and overall health.
Scheduling an initial consultation allows the patient to share their concerns and the Orthodontist to make recommendations for treatment. A good Orthodontist knows the importance of overall oral health, but also possesses the skills necessary to create a beautiful smile the patient can be proud of.
Proper orthodontia treatment is available to patients of all ages, so don’t hesitate to take that first step and set up a consultation. Your health and your smile depend on it.
Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment
This type of treatment is designed to achieve both alignment and function. The goal is to straighten teeth and ensure that the underlying structures are healthy and perform the way they were designed.
Characterized by starting early, interceptive treatment is meant as a preventive measure to correct any irregularities in a child’s bite placement. It’s recommended that a child receives an orthodontic consultation by the age of seven to check for problems, including early tooth loss and damaging habits like thumb sucking.
Braces Ann Arbor, MI
Traditional metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel and archwires. In the past, metal braces were uncomfortable and awkward. Braces have come a long way, however. These days, they are quite comfortable. Metal braces continue to be a favorite among young patients because they are able to accessorize their metal braces with colored rubber bands.
Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are made of clear materials that allow for teenagers or adults to correct their orthodontic health without the aesthetic concerns of the more traditional metal braces.
Ceramic braces do have a few drawbacks. They are far more fragile than metal braces, so repairs are more common. The clear rubber bands are also more prone to discoloration.
Invisalign & Clear Aligners
First approved by the FDA in 1998, Invisalign used to be available only to those who had money to burn and relatively simple-to-solve orthodontic problems. No longer! Now comparable to metal braces in cost and often covered under insurance, Invisalign is not only affordable, it’s effective for even more complicated orthodontic cases.
Invisalign is an excellent treatment option if you’d like to address your orthodontic concerns, but feel self-conscious about traditional metal braces. Additionally, they are far more comfortable to both install and wear.
A clear Invisalign mold is created for you to wear 20 to 22 hours a day. This mold then gently but constantly moves your teeth into a healthier alignment. The best part about Invisalign is that it’s removable. If you have a business meeting or interview, you can easily pop it out. As long as you wear it for the recommended amount of time per day, treatment will go on uninterrupted.
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A night guard is a device that fits over your teeth to prevent jaw clenching and teeth grinding. While these are fairly common problems, it’s important to address them. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can lead to far more serious problems for your jaw muscles.
There are many reasons for clenching and grinding, but it’s sometimes related to increased stress. If you feel stress is a factor in your life, adopting practices designed to reduce your stress will go along way to reducing these harmful behaviors.
A night guard is an effective treatment to protect your jaw and teeth. If you’re experiencing jaw soreness, dull headaches, earaches, sensitive teeth, or recessed gums, it’s a good idea to mention it to a specialist who can accurately diagnose bruxism.
Mouth protection, particularly for young athletes, is an important consideration. Without it, athletes risk damage to the jaw, broken noses, cracked teeth, or tooth loss.
A sports guard is worn inside the mouth, over the teeth. While a generic mouth guard can be purchased at any sporting equipment store, they are often ill-fitting. This leads to decreased protection, poor breathing, and often frustration on the part of the wearer. Uncomfortable mouth guards become distractions that impact your performance.
However, a dentist or orthodontist can provide you with a completely personalized, made-to-fit mouth guard. This kind of customization allows for maximum protection and comfort for the owner.
At Dental House, we customize your sports guards for a perfect fit and color. We aim to protect your jaw, teeth, nose, and other facial structures, with a high quality, personalized sports guard.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, although a dentist may offer you one. But if you’re concerned about your teeth, that’s all you need to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your concerns. Our team consists of dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons, so we are your one-stop solution for orthodontists conveniently located between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, MI.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you schedule a pediatric appointment by the age of seven. However, it’s also never too late to schedule an appointment, so don’t hesitate even if you’re all grown up.
All treatment plans are different. The length of treatment, materials used, number of appointments all figure into the total cost of orthodontic treatment. At your initial consultation, we will be able to give you an estimate. We offer payment plans and other financing options including Michigan's MICHILD / Healthy Kids Plan.
Most patients will wear braces for a total of 12 to 30 months, although this is a general estimate and every situation is different. Your orthodontist will give you a general idea at your consultation.
Braces rarely hurt, although immediately following an appointment in which adjustments are made, you may experience some soreness.