TYPES OF TREATMENT
Invisalign’s® clear aligners are the world’s #1 trusted brand of aligners. An Invisalign® Doctor prescribes the treatment and utilizes amazing technology to create a series of custom-fit, removable trays that are programmed with movement specific to YOU. Something as important as your smile deserves to be treated by someone with a lot of experience! Get this: Dr. White is #1 in Saginaw (he’s actually in the top 1% of Invisalign® Doctors in all of North America). Takeaway: You’re in the right place.
Metal braces utilize brackets and wires to move teeth. They are durable and often colorful: the elastic bands can be changed at every adjustment for a different look. Braces require appointments about every 6 weeks.
As much as we’re all looking for a quick-fix, there is overwhelming evidence to support the claim that vibrating devices do not decrease total treatment time. For this reason, we do not use them (we do promise though, that your smile is worth your time!). We recommend that you spend your hard-earned money elsewhere, save it, or invest it.
Sometimes referred to as “Phase 1”, this type of treatment often occurs between the ages of 8-10 years and is intended to lessen the severity of developing oral problems (crossbite, impacted teeth, severe crowding or spacing). Phase 1 usually lasts around 9-12 months. Often, another phase of treatment, “Phase 2”, is recommended when all permanent teeth have erupted. Think of Phase 1 as laying a solid foundation for what will be built later, usually in the early teen years.
This is full treatment, start to finish, and can last anywhere from 18-30 months. Most people want a beautiful smile, and while that’s certainly our goal for you, a healthy, stable bite is of equal importance. We all have just one set of permanent teeth to last us a lifetime! We want your teeth to be the best they can be for your overall health and wellness, and we’re here to help you achieve the best.
The jaw is sometimes imbalanced and creates problems in both children and adults. There are ways to modify and/or direct jaw growth in a favorable manner.
In surgical cases, comprehensive orthodontic treatment aligns the teeth and jaw surgery corrects the bite. This treatment is generally recommended for an individual with substantial jaw imbalances whose physical growth is complete.
TADS are titanium mini screws that can be placed between the roots of teeth or in the roof of the mouth. They work as tiny anchors from which to apply force. TADS may eliminate the need for headgear and help perform movements that cannot otherwise be accomplished without extensive elastic wear or jaw surgery.
This treatment is relatively new in orthodontics and may be utilized for cosmetic recontouring of the gumline, exposure of mildly impacted teeth, and removal of excess tissue for band or bracket placement. Laser procedures are very safe, efficient, and virtually pain-free with topical anesthetic.