Clear Aligner Treatment
Want to improve your smile, but don’t want to wear braces? You are not alone. Get the smile you deserve with clear aligners! The best known brand in clear aligners is Invisalign. Dr. Ensley is experienced with Invisalign and other clear aligners to create a healthy bite and your ideal smile.
Clear aligners are thin, clear, plastic trays that you wear on your teeth. They gently push on the teeth, one step at a time, until your teeth are straight. Consistent wear is very important. Patients often like clear aligners because they are comfortable, nearly invisible, and you can eat whatever you want while wearing them.
More patients than ever before are choosing clear aligners for their treatment. Stop dreaming about straight teeth. Come see Dr. Ensley for a free evaluation and start your journey to a new smile!
Many people wonder about the difference between dentistry and orthodontics. Dental treatment focuses on the health of your teeth, while orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that concentrates on something called malocclusions – which simply means how your teeth fit together.
Orthodontic treatment can be necessary to repair:
- Improper bites
- Jaw misalignment
- Teeth crowding
- Overbites and underbites
- Crooked teeth
- Facial reconstruction
The most common way we treat orthodontic problems is by applying braces to your teeth.
Braces work by forcing your teeth into their proper alignment, on an average rate of one millimeter per month.
Two Phase Treatment
Which would you prefer, to take your car to the body shop after a collision or prevent the crash in the first place? The same principle applies to interceptive treatment to help teeth and jaws grow and develop.
Many people are familiar with one phase orthodontic treatment. In this approach, once all the permanent teeth erupt, the crowding and bite issues are corrected with braces or aligners. This method works well if the crowding or bite issues are mild.
But sometimes, problems that are present early in the development of the permanent teeth, like a narrow upper jaw, continue to compound until the “car crash” occurs and orthodontic treatment becomes very difficult involving extractions, lengthy treatment, uncomfortable appliances or headgear.
A two phase treatment is a proactive approach to preventing this problem An early intervention treatment to create room for the teeth to erupt, correct abnormal muscular habits, and correct bite problems is completed, often between age seven to nine. This allows the permanent teeth to erupt in the correct positions. Then, the second phase of treatment occurs in middle school or high school when braces or aligners are used to finish creating a stunning smile and a healthy bite.
We are excited to see your child for a free consultation and help you decide which approach is best for you!