Orthodontic Care in New Berlin

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What Is Orthodontic Care?

Orthodontic care involves treatments to straighten the teeth. In the past, this was mostly limited to braces, but new innovations have led to treatments like Invisalign becoming more popular as alternatives to braces. 

Orthodontics is concerned with both your appearance and your oral health. A straight, beautiful smile gives you more confidence, but correcting flaws in your bite and smile can also help improve your oral health. To learn more and get started, contact Willow Dentistry for a consultation today.

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The Orthodontic Care Process

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To begin, you’ll need to see Drs. Jake Jacomet, Nicholas Dwan, or Andrea Emmerich for an orthodontic consultation. They will examine your mouth and discuss your smile goals with you. This lets them learn more about you, and recommend suitable treatments.

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Most patients are candidates for treatments with clear aligners like Invisalign and Smile Shapers, but some people may need traditional braces or even oral surgeries to treat their orthodontic issues. Drs. Jake Jacomet, Nicholas Dwan, or Andrea Emmerich will discuss the right treatment for your needs.

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Once you’ve chosen the right treatment for your needs, you’ll sign a treatment plan and may need to pay some initial fees. Then, you’ll schedule follow-up appointments to begin orthodontic care.

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The time it takes to treat your orthodontic issues will vary. Most people need to wear Invisalign or Smile Shapers for 12 months, but your own treatment time may be shorter or longer.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a great alternative to braces. It uses clear plastic “aligners” that are completely invisible when worn, do not affect speech, and can be removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss. They are very versatile, too, and can correct most minor-to-moderate orthodontic health issues. You’ll wear Invisalign for about 20-22 hours per day, switching to a new set of aligners about every 2 weeks. You’ll also come to our office every 4-6 weeks for a checkup and to get your new set of aligners.

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Smile Shapers

Smile Shapers are essentially the same thing as Invisalign. They’re made from smooth plastic, and look similar to a retainer or a night guard. By wearing them for 20-22 hours per day and swapping through multiple sets of aligners, your teeth will be moved into the proper position. Depending on your oral health needs and preferences, our dentists may recommend either Smile Shapers or Invisalign.

Treatment For Early Baby Tooth Loss

Space Maintainers

If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, this is a big deal. While baby teeth are meant to come out, losing one too early can affect the development of their adult teeth, since baby teeth form the “paths” that adult teeth follow as they emerge.

In this case, a space maintainer will be recommended for your child. As the name suggests, this is a small orthodontic device that’s placed in the gap where they’ve lost a tooth. It prevents the nearby teeth from shifting, ensuring your child’s mouth develops properly.

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