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Treatments

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Orthodontic Treatments

At Smith Dental we will develop an orthodontic plan of action geared specifically to you and your needs. Dr. Smith and his team are experts in the latest orthodontic treatments so you can be confident that your journey will end with the smile you’ve always wanted. View some of our treatment options below!


Early Treatment

Early treatment (or Phase-One treatment) for orthodontic issues generally begins between the ages of 8 and 9. Early treatment serves to correct jaw issues like underbite early on, as well as assure that there is appropriate space available for adult teeth to come in without issue. When you bring your family to our office for early orthodontic treatment, you and Dr. Smith will figure out the best plan of action to correct these early issues and make sure your child’s smile shines into their teen and adult years.

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Braces

Traditional braces are a tradition for a reason when it comes to having proper jaw alignment and healthy teeth. If you suffer from crowded or crooked teeth, you know too well that good oral hygiene can be hard to maintain. A lack of proper oral care can result in tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss and any number of painful dental afflictions. Other dental problems can contribute to premature and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, stress on gums and bones and misalignment of the jaw. These dental issues can even lead to pain throughout the head region and upper body areas. Braces go a long way to treat any number of orthodontic maladies.

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Invisalign

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic alternative to straightening your teeth and giving you the smile you deserve. When you utilize this series of custom-made clear aligners molded specifically to your bite, your teeth will gradually move into their correct positions according to a plan laid out by Dr. Smith. Avoid the hassle of metal brackets and wires and correct your smile in a subtle, concealed way with Invisalign. 

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Invisalign Teen

Teens are a busy bunch. Whether they spend their limited free time with friends, dating, participating in athletics or involved in club activities, Invisalign can keep things simple. Navigating the choppy waters of junior high and high school can be rough enough without adding the burden of a mouth full of wires and brackets. Dr. Smith will work with you to determine the best course of Invisalign teen treatments to straighten your child’s smile without the hassle of traditional braces.

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Adult Treatment

It’s never too late to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Statistically speaking, adults account for nearly half of all orthodontic patients. The braces of your youth are long gone, having been replaced by much smaller, more comfortable options. Bonded brackets drastically cut down on both discomfort and appearance, and with adult treatment options like Invisalign or Incognito braces, you can correct your bite almost invisibly!

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Retention

In some cases, retention may be recommended after the completion of your active orthodontic treatment. You’ve gone through quite a journey to correct your bite, and retention will insure that you and Dr. Smith’s hard work sticks. Think of retention like brushing or flossing. It’s a permanent way to keep your teeth in perfect alignment years after your braces have been removed.

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Orthognathic Surgery

Some bite issues require much more than braces or a retainer could possibly accomplish. In these cases your best option may be orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery. This surgical treatment is aimed specifically at realigning or straightening your jaw in extreme circumstances. Dr. Smith will be sure to thoroughly evaluate your condition before deciding on this surgical option.

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Appliances

There are many different kinds of appliances that can be used to augment the orthodontic process. Different elements can be added to your braces to aid in both the progress and comfort of your orthodontic treatment. For example, holding arches can make sure the spatial adjustments in your mouth stay consistent, while bite plates can help to correct severely deep bites and elastic bands exert a gentle, continuous force to the teeth while your braces do their work. Dr. Smith will work with you to create the orthodontic treatment plan that works best for you!

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