Orthodontic treatment corrects improperly aligned teeth and guides the growth of developing jaws. In most instances, the best age to begin treatment is in the early adolescent years when growth is rapid.
However, certain orthodontic concerns, specifically underbites and crossbites, are best addressed at a younger age (7-9 years). Early interceptive treatment prevents potential damage to teeth, reduces the severity of a problem, and simplifies comprehensive treatment at a later date.
Increasingly, adults are seeking treatment. Smaller appliances, a greater selection of materials, and new treatment modalities have encouraged many to improve, protect, and restore their smile.
Mol Orthodontics is a certified Premier Invisalign® provider. Clear Invisalign aligners are custom made for you using computerized digital scans of your teeth that do not expose you to radiation. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth, moving them with just the right amount of force, and are changed to a new set every one to two weeks depending on the type of movement required. Following a treatment plan scripted by your doctor, the series of aligners will align your teeth over time to their desired positions. The aligners are removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. For more information on Invisalign® treatment please visit the Invisalign® web site.
Damon Clear® is part of the innovative Damon System, which combines tieless self-ligating braces with clear brackets and reduced friction technology to move teeth quickly and comfortably. Damon Clear combines the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discreet treatment experience. For more information pleased visit the Damon website.
ClarityADVANCED™ braces from 3M® provides precise control and translucent brackets. ClarityADVANCED boasts the thinnest brackets available, with rounded edges to reduce irritation. For more information please visit the Clarity website.
Victory Series Low Profile Bracket System
These silver brackets incorporate a lower profile approach that enhances both aesthetics and patient comfort. In addition to their low profile, the overall size has been reduced, enhancing patient hygiene without compromising control. For more information please visit the 3M Victory website.
Custom Indirect Bonding
Indirect bonding allows the orthodontist to position brackets in the lab using models of teeth made from dental impressions or 3-dimensional digital scans. The brackets are transferred to the patient’s mouth en masse more accurately and quickly. This technique significantly increases patient comfort for application of new braces.
An overjet (commonly called an overbite) is a frequent condition treated by orthodontists. The Forsus™ is a spring-loaded appliance that postures the lower jaw forward, providing a light, continuous force to encourage lower jaw growth forward. This appliance is secured inside the mouth by clipping onto the braces. For more information please visit the Forsus website.
An overjet (commonly called an overbite) is a frequent condition treated by orthodontists. The Herbst appliance is used when the lower teeth are too far back in relation to the upper, causes the lower jaw to gradually move forward. The Herbst utilizes crowns attached to the patient's molars and fits entirely inside the mouth.
An overjet (commonly called an overbite) is a frequent condition treated by orthodontists. Headgear is an appliance that connects to the braces with a strap that goes behind the patient's neck or head. Springs in the strap provide hold the upper jaw while the lower jaw continues to grow forward.
Reverse pull headgear
An underbite correction is accomplished with a reverse pull headgear appliance that utilizes the forehead and the chin to encourage upper jaw growth to keep pace with the lower jaw. This treatment works best during the early phases of growth (ages 7-9).
Post Treatment Retainers
Clear retainers are made of plastic material that fit snugly over the teeth to maintain them in their corrected positions. After braces are removed, the retainer is vacuum molded from an imprint or digital scan of the patient’s teeth to guarantee a precise fit. Initially, the retainers will be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Wear time will sequentially be decreased based on teeth stability. Eventually, they will only need to be worn while sleeping.
Hawley retainers have a wire surrounding the front of the teeth, which is secured in acrylic that has been molded to fit the roof of the mouth and gums. These retainers allow the chewing surfaces of the teeth to make contact, allows minor adjustments, and are well suited following Phase I interceptive treatment.
Bonded retainers are wires that are bonded into place on the back sides of the teeth (out of sight) and provide additional stability to prevent teeth from moving back to their pretreatment positions. These are not removable and require additional effort to keep clean.
The iTero intraoral scanner, along with specialized software, is used to create accurate 3-dimensional models of your teeth. The digital images can be reviewed on a computer and are used to create numerous appliances including Invisalign aligners.
The Sirona Orthophos SL is a state of the art digital imaging system that produces exceptionally detailed radiographic images for efficient diagnosis. The sharp-layer technology automatically adapts the panoramic curve to the patient‘s individual anatomical features, ensuring that the entire jaw is always in the sharp layer. Digital radiography minimizes exposure to radiation to the least amount possible.
Watch your favorite movie while you get your braces on! We have movie headsets and a collection of movies available or you can bring in your own DVD to your appointment.