Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of jaw and tooth misalignment. An orthodontic specialist has attended two to three years of continuous training at an accredited orthodontic program. This education is in addition to completing a traditional Doctor of Dental Surgery degree required to practice dentistry in the state of Pennsylvania. As specialists, Orthodontists focus on orthodontic treatment and do not provide dental cleaning services, fillings, restorative treatments or other dental services. Their entire careers are dedicated to honing the skills required to perform orthodontic treatment in a reliable, repeatable and consistently excellent manner. The goal of orthodontics is to provide a harmonious fit of the teeth that is supportive of the jaw joint structures. In addition, orthodontics should provide an attractive smile that is balanced with the rest of the facial structures. These results, when properly maintained, should last a lifetime.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces. Advances in design technology have allowed the braces to be smaller and more comfortable. They are made of high grade stainless steel. Metal braces can also come in gold.
Clear braces have become very popular with adult patients. They offer the efficiency of the metal braces with a cosmetic appeal. Clear braces are made of a highly translucent ceramic material that makes them look natural and less visible.
Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners that you change every 1-2 weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place.