Orthodontist Oldbridge NJ
At Teeth Tamers Orthodontics, we offer children’s orthodontics to patients throughout the Oldbridge NJ area. Dr. Karla Isaacs, an orthodontic specialist with over 15 years of experience, can help your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.
Teeth Tamers Orthodontics:
Braces are a system of brackets that are bonded to your teeth and hold interconnection wires. Brackets may be made of metal, plastic, or ceramic materials. Ceramic brackets are least noticeable but break more easily. Plastic brackets are translucent or tooth colored, but may stain over time. Metal Brackets are the strongest and most visible.
Initial wires are made of heat-activated nickel-titanium alloy that effectively moves teeth when the wires reach mouth temperature. This allows gradual, consistent, but gentle pressure with fewer adjustments needed that with stainless steel wires. As the teeth align we upgrade the wires to a stainless steel alloy which is more rigid and align the teeth to their final positions. Some teens choose to make a fashion statement by choosing colorful braces to support a school, sports, team or holiday.
What Steps Does Orthodontic Treatment Involve?
- Gather medical and dental records
- Diagnose orthodontic problems
- Make plaster study models of your teeth
- Photograph your face and teeth
- Take x-rays of your, mouth and head
- Visit your dentist for an exam and teeth cleaning
- Complete any recommended dental treatment
- Apply braces to the teeth
- Add appliances such as headgear, retainers to reposition teeth, jaws and chewing muscles
- Adjust wires to put new pressure on your teeth (generally every four to six weeks)
- Wear headgear, bands and all appliances as prescribed by your orthodontist
- See your dentist at least every six months for a dental exam and teeth cleaning
- In many cases, the patient wears a retainer to keep the teeth in their new position and allow the the tissues to stabilize.
- Remain under supervision of your orthodontist
- Continue to visit your dentist every six months
Orthodontic Treatment requires a commitment on the part of YOU, your dentist, and your orthodontist. When you follow the treatment plan and the dental hygiene instructions, you will be more pleased with the outcome of your orthodontic treatment. You’ll find your new smile is well worth your investment. Remember, your smile is for life!
FAQ: Braces and Orthodontic Treatment
What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist in correcting irregularities in positions of the jaws, facial bones, and teeth. Orthodontists must complete a graduate program at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association. In addition, up to three years of advanced special education in Orthodontics is required to understand how to guide tooth movement and manage facial development.
Do braces hurt?
When first placed, or after your orthodontist adjusts your braces, you may experience some mild discomfort. Your orthodontist may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever. You will feel better within two to three days.
How long will I need to wear braces?
Wearing time is determined by several factors: the severity of the malocclusion, the overall health of your teeth, gums and supporting bone, your age, and how closely you follow treatment. ln general, treatment time ranges from one to three years.
During your initial consultation, we will examine your child’s teeth and take X-Rays in order to determine what their challenges are and the best way to correct them. If your child’s bite is off, Dr. Karla Isaacs will make a recommendation for how to correct it. Fortunately, we can correct your child’s bite while he or she is wearing braces. This may include using headgear or rubber bands. Both are typically worn temporarily as part of the orthodontic treatment. We can tell you what to expect in terms of treatment time and how long your child may need to use these additional solutions. At Teeth Tamers Orthodontics, our staff is highly trained and knows how to help your child straighten his or her teeth effectively and comfortably. To learn more or to schedule a consultation Call Today (732) 792-3581 or fill out form below: