No matter your age, you deserve a smile that gives you confidence. For most people, achieving a healthy, beautiful smile is the reason for receiving orthodontic care. If you're self-conscious about your smile, addressing your concerns with braces will greatly improve the way you look and feel. When your treatment is complete, you will have the smile you've always dreamed of and the confidence to show it off! We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience. Dr. Wruck and her team are dedicated to making sure that you receive the quality care that you and your family deserve.
Orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable or they may be fixed to the teeth. Braces and orthodontic appliances work by placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction to slowly move teeth to the proper position. You can now choose clear or metal braces. In some cases, you can even choose the color of your appliance. Advances in technology have made braces and wires are far less noticeable. The latest
materials are designed to move teeth faster with more comfort than those were used in previously in orthodontic treatment.
Treatment time varies between one and three years, depending on several factors including diagnosis, age, treatment method and cooperation. The biggest factor in a successful treatment is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. For children, receiving interceptive or early treatment can also help provide a quicker overall treatment time. Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Wruck will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate of how long your full treatment may take.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (631) 886-3141.
Traditional braces use stainless steel brackets and archwires to move your teeth into their proper position. Many kids and teenagers like to decorate their braces with different colored rubber bands to give them a colorful and unique smile. You can choose a new color (or colors) during every adjustment!
Some teens and adults may be reluctant to get the orthodontic care they need due to the appearance of metal orthodontic appliances. That’s why we offer clear braces, which are much less noticeable than metal braces, but still give patients a smile they deserve. Treatment results with clear braces are just like those treated with metal braces, but the clear braces are almost invisible.
Two-phase orthodontic treatment consists of two separate times when a child receives orthodontic treatment. A first phase of treatment is done while the child still has many or most of their primary or “baby” teeth. A second phase takes place when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.
A first phase of treatment is initiated to:
- Prevent a problem from developing (preventive treatment)
- Intercept a developing problem (interceptive treatment)
- Guide the growth of the jaw bones that support the teeth (growth modification)
The treatment will be timed to predictable stages of dental development to provide the greatest potential for improvement and correction of your child’s malocclusion (bad bite).
Most patients will require a second phase of treatment, with braces or Invisalign, to complete the tooth and jaw alignment that was started during the first phase of treatment and finalize the position of the teeth.
Here at Seaside Smiles, we work hard to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. We offer several different treatments that can be effective no matter how old you are. More and more orthodontic treatments are becoming available to give adults the smile that they want. We offer Invisalign, clear braces or metal braces for adults too. Today, one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult. You’re never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. No matter what your age, proper alignment of teeth contributes to your good health and a beautiful smile.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is considered a dental specialty and helps complex cases involving the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. If your case requires surgical orthodontics, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide you with the best and most comprehensive care possible.