Your Top Orthodontic Questions Answered

The American Board of Orthodontists recommend that a child has their first appointment by the age of 7. Most orthodontic treatment will not occur until the jaw has fully developed, but early treatment is beneficial nonetheless.

Clear brackets, also known as ceramic brackets, are made of a translucent or tooth-colored material that blends in with the natural color of teeth, making them less noticeable than metal brackets. On the other hand, metal brackets are made of stainless steel and are more visible in the mouth. While clear brackets may be more aesthetically pleasing, they may also be more prone to staining or discoloration over time. Clear brackets may also be more fragile than metal brackets. The choice between clear and metal brackets may depend on the patient's orthodontic needs, treatment goals, and personal preferences

If you are experiencing symptoms of the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), such as jaw pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth, or difficulty chewing, you may benefit from TMJ splint therapy. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bill, who can evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate course of treatment. During your consultation, he may take x-rays or use other diagnostic tools to assess the extent of your TMJ condition and determine if splint therapy is right for you.

Aligners offer a more discreet and comfortable orthodontic treatment option that can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. They are also custom-made for precision and accuracy and may require a shorter treatment time than traditional braces. Enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile without the discomfort and visibility of traditional braces with aligners.

3Shape and uLab work by converting digital scans of a patient's mouth into 3D models that Dr. Bill can use to plan and execute treatment with greater precision and efficiency. The software allows Dr. Bill to simulate and test various treatment options, helping patients make more informed decisions and achieve better results.

Treatment can vary from person to person. It depends on multiple factors: age, severity of an issue, the type of treatment you choose. Your orthodontist will give you a general estimate for when they expect you to be finished and update you if any changes should occur.

The intraoral scanner eliminates the need for messy and uncomfortable impression materials, making the process of capturing digital impressions more convenient and pleasant for patients. No more goop, no more mess, just accurate and efficient digital impressions with the intraoral scanner.

Yes, continue to visit your general dentist. Your general dentist is responsible for maintenance and cleanings. They ensure that your mouth and gums stay healthy. These are crucial factors that can impact your orthodontic treatment, so keep visiting your dentist.