Affordable Orthodontics Services
Your general dentist may recommend visiting an orthodontic dentist if your teeth are crooked or misaligned, or if you have overcrowding, an overbite or underbite, or have gaps between your teeth. An orthodontic dentist can evaluate your teeth and determine the best way to correct issues that affect the health and appearance of your teeth and mouth. At Reiser Dental, Dr. Reiser specializes in effective, affordable orthodontics treatment in Denver, CO.
What Does an Orthodontic Dentist Do?
An orthodontic dentist is a specialist who focuses on correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw, correcting misaligned bits, and straightening teeth. You may be referred to an orthodontist if your teeth are crooked, twisted, or overlapping. Dental orthodontists also correct gaps between teeth, overcrowding, or an overbite or underbite. They look for the most effective solution for malocclusion or bad bites. Orthodontic treatments include traditional metal or ceramic braces, clear dental aligners, and retainers.
Standard Orthodontics Services
The most common orthodontic issues are:
- Rotated teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
Depending on your orthodontic issue, your orthodontic dentist may recommend one or more of the following orthodontics treatments:
- Traditional Braces – Traditional metal or ceramic braces consist of metal brackets cemented to each tooth and wires connecting each bracket to the one next to it. There are separate braces for the upper and lower teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth and can be adjusted and corrected individually to achieve the desired orthodontics treatment plan.
- Clear Aligner – Clear dental aligners are a more discreet way to correct malocclusion. Clear aligners are custom molded to your upper and lower teeth separately, and you typically wear a series of progressively different aligners throughout your orthodontics treatment plan. Instead of being formed by brackets and wires, each aligner is one piece of molded plastic that fits over the upper or lower teeth. You typically wear each set for one or two weeks before progressing to the next set. These aligners discreetly and gradually shift your teeth and correct malocclusion. You generally need to wear aligners for 22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, clean the aligners, and complete your oral hygiene routine.
- Palate Expander – A palate expander is used in pediatric orthodontics. It widens the child’s upper jaw to create extra space for new teeth to come in. This avoids the need for tooth extractions or other procedures.
- Retainer – Retainers are used after orthodontics treatment has ended. A retainer is a custom-fitted appliance typically worn overnight to prevent your teeth from drifting or shifting out of position.
How Can I Determine Which Orthodontic Procedure Is Right for Me?
Your orthodontic dentist will determine which orthodontics services are right for you. He will take dental x-rays and complete a thorough oral exam to assess the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. The orthodontics treatment he recommends may depend on your age, malocclusion severity, prognosis, lifestyle, and treatment goals.
Is There a Best Age for Orthodontic Treatment?
You are never too old to begin orthodontic treatment. Most cases of malocclusion are identified when the patient is between 10-15 years old; however, not all families can afford orthodontic services. You can still visit an orthodontic dentist in your late teens or adulthood.
Do Dental Orthodontic Treatments Last a Lifetime?
Orthodontic treatments typically do last a lifetime. You may undergo orthodontic treatment for 12-24 months, and unless you experience trauma to your face, jaw, gums, or teeth or develop a disease or health condition that affects your teeth, jawbone, or gums, the results should remain consistent throughout your life. Your orthodontist will recommend maintaining your results by wearing an oral retainer overnight to prevent your teeth from shifting or moving.
Benefits of Visiting an Orthodontist
Visiting a specialist in orthodontics dentistry will offer early warning and intervention for issues affecting the appearance and health of your teeth and gums. The earlier you visit your orthodontist, the easier it will be to correct malocclusion. Here are some of the benefits of orthodontics treatment:
- Prevent pain and discomfort.
- Prevent strain on the teeth and jaw.
- Improve confidence and self-esteem.
- Avoid complications from malocclusion.
- Reduce the risk of future dental problems.
- Identify early warning signs of malocclusion.
- Improve the appearance and performance of the teeth.
- Correct major and minor problems with the teeth and jaw.
Cost of Orthodontic Treatment
The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the type of treatment, length of treatment, the severity of the issue being corrected, how committed you are to the orthodontic treatment plan, your dental insurance coverage, and your age. The price of orthodontic services may also vary by region. In general, the cost of traditional braces is between $2,000 and $8,500, and the cost of clear dental aligners is between $3,000 and $7,000.
Schedule Orthodontic Dentistry Treatments
If you or your child needs orthodontic dentistry treatment in Denver, CO, visit us at Reiser Dental. Dr. Reiser and his team have years of experience providing comfortable, compassionate orthodontics treatment. We can correct even the most severe instances of malocclusion and improve the appearance and overall health of your bite and teeth. Call us today or contact us online to schedule an appointment.