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Creating Beautiful & Functional Smiles WIth Advanced Orthodontic Treatment

Through our state-of-the-art orthodontic solutions, patients can straighten crooked teeth, correct spacing problems, and improve bite abnormalities with the best cosmetic and functional results. Our orthodontist, Dr. Brienne Roloff, is highly experienced in a variety of orthodontic techniques. She collaborates with our dentists to create the most beneficial treatment plan for each patient’s unique needs and aesthetic goals.

Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth but about creating a healthy, stable bite that reduces risk for dental problems in the future. ~ Brienne Roloff, D.D.S., M.S.D.

What Orthodontic Treatment Accomplishes

The most obvious benefit to orthodontic treatment is that it creates a more attractive smile. The teeth look straight, even and properly spaced.

In addition to improving the appearance of crooked or improperly spaced teeth, orthodontic treatment also improves the health of the mouth and can prevent more serious dental problems in the future. Crooked or crowded teeth can be harder to brush and floss and lead to cavities and tooth decay, unhealthy gums and even tooth loss. Teeth that do not fit together properly because of crowding or crooked teeth or a poorly aligned jaw are at risk of developing long-term functional problems such as uneven wear, broken teeth and difficulty chewing foods. This can strain the chewing muscles, which can lead to headaches, neck, back or shoulder pain or problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Crooked or misaligned teeth can be more likely to fall out and contribute to spacing problems with the remaining teeth. Gaps between the teeth may negatively affect speech or chewing ability.

Your specific type of orthodontic treatment depends on your specific needs and preferences and the severity of your case. You may choose to use traditional wires and brackets or lingual braces or the Invisalign system of clear aligners.

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Child/Early Phase Orthodontics

Two-phase orthodontic treatment begins when a child still has many of their “baby” teeth. By starting orthodontic treatment at an earlier phase in their development, an existing or future dental problem can be prevented from getting worse or happening altogether. This first phase of child orthodontics may entail the use of braces or other oral appliances, such as a palatal expander, to prepare the mouth for more effective orthodontic treatment later on. The second phase of treatment is then started when the child has most or all of their permanent teeth.

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Traditional Braces

Traditional braces using wires and brackets are an effective method of straightening crooked teeth for patients ranging from children to adults. With the many advancements in orthodontic treatment over the years, traditional braces have become more comfortable, easier to maintain, and more efficient to straighten teeth. The treatment involves small brackets being cemented to the teeth, which are connected with a thin wire. These wires are tightened over time as the teeth begin to shift. Traditional braces can be made of either a metal or tooth-colored material, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. Lingual braces are another form of traditional braces that involve placing the brackets and wires on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth for even more discreet orthodontic treatment.

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Invisalign

Invisalign is the high-tech, clear alternative to conventional braces that gives you the straight, confident smile you want—without the need for metal brackets or wires. Kois Dentistry is proud to offer this orthodontic revolution. By combining the most modern 3D computer technology with orthodontics, a series of custom-designed aligners will be made for your teeth. As you replace each Invisalign aligner with the next, you will see your teeth move gradually week after week, until they reach their optimal position, creating that new smile that you have been looking for.

Why choose Invisalign? Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when treatment is complete.

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Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen works in the same way that Invisalign straightens a person’s teeth, except it has special features designed specifically for teenagers’ unique needs. Similar to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen utilizes a series of clear aligners that gradually shifts teeth into a straighter position. To ensure each set of aligners is worn long enough to be effective, small blue dots are on each aligner that gradually fade over the two-week period, indicating if additional wear time is needed.

In addition to the blue indicators, Invisalign Teen aligners are designed with small spaces, allowing for the patients’ teeth to evolve as new molars may be growing. This extra space maintains the same straightening potential for existing teeth while guiding new teeth into the correct positioning. As an added convenience, parents can order a set of replacement aligners, should their child misplace their Invisalign Teen aligners.

Interdisciplinary Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment has become increasingly popular among adults, as they want to not only straighten their teeth but also improve their oral hygiene and function. Since adults often have more comprehensive oral needs, an interdisciplinary approach may be necessary to provide effective treatment. Our dental team works alongside our orthodontist to correct a variety of dental needs, ensuring the best possible outcome for patients. Many patients have worn-down or damaged teeth, making them good candidates for pre-restorative orthodontics. After their teeth have been straightened, restorations can be customized and placed. Another interdisciplinary approach that may be necessary is surgical orthodontics. Periodontal problems, jaw misalignment, and other issues may need to be addressed through surgery before orthodontics can be employed. With interdisciplinary orthodontic solutions from our team, patients with complex oral needs can achieve beautiful, straight teeth and a functional bite.

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