Orthodontics: Invisalign & Braces
We all know how important a great smile can be for growing children and adults. An unattractive smile can make you or your child self conscious and keep you from fully enjoying life. Misaligned teeth and jaws can also cause pain and adversely affect your ability to chew, talk, and keep your teeth clean and healthy. Using the newest techniques and highest quality materials, Dr. Wehking can help patients of all ages achieve their best-looking smiles.
Your Health & Self-Esteem
Orthodontics can be part of a more complex smile makeover
or as easy as tucking a snaggle tooth back into position.
Most tooth movement can be done with either invisalign or traditional braces. Compliance is a big factor with tooth movement. In order to move a tooth, you need pressure on it 22 hours per day. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get lazy, take your invisalign out and forget to put them back in. If we glue brackets to your teeth, you have no choice but for them to get straight. We refer more complex orthodontic cases to an orthodontist.
Can you straighten teeth without orthodontics?
Minor tooth movement can be performed with crowns or veneers, where the restoration is shaped in order to make the teeth look straight. Orthodontics before restorative procedures allows us to be more conservative, or grind away less (sometimes zero) tooth structure.
Results you can get with Invisalign:
it is possible to have straight teeth in as little as 9-15 months. The clear, custom-made aligners are replaced every two weeks - without metal or wires so there's less time in the dentist's chair getting adjustments. Even better, no one will know you're straightening your teeth because it's nearly INVISIBLE! Invisalign is easily removable so you can eat and drink while in treatment, and even brushing and flossing are no problem!
Sarah's Invisalign Makeover
Marci's Invisalign Makeover
Results you can get with traditional Braces:
Glenda's Traditional Braces Makeover
Glenda’s case is an example of using orthodontics as part of a more complex treatment plan. Glenda had gorgeous teeth already, we just needed to put them in the right place. First, I aligned the gum levels with traditional braces. After the teeth were in the correct position, we whitened her teeth with KoR Deep Bleaching
and I placed three composite veneers on teeth to make them the correct length.