2018: The Year of Your New Smile

The first of the year is a time when people take a close look at the things they want to change and start creating a plan to make those changes happen. This year while you are thinking about what changes you would like to make consider making a commitment to changing or improving your smile.

Dr. Andrew Clark at Stevens Orthodontics in Tallahassee, Florida offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options that can help you get the smile you have always wanted. Whether you just want to subtly straighten your teeth or you have other, more complex problems, such as gaps or overcrowded teeth, Dr. Clark can work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will get you a whole new smile.

Wondering what type of orthodontic treatment might be recommended by Dr. Clark? Here is a look at some of the adolescent and adult orthodontic treatment options that are offered at Stevens Orthodontics.

The Damon System – Similar to Traditional Braces

Traditional braces use a combination of brackets, wires, and elastic rubber bands to shift and move the teeth. These orthodontic devices often place a high amount of pressure on your teeth which causes pain and discomfort. That doesn’t happen with the Damon System.

Unlike traditional braces where a lot of force is used to move the teeth, the Damon System is designed with a sliding mechanism that holds the wire firmly in place. The sliding mechanism will shift and move as your teeth move into their proper position.

The Damon System is often preferred over traditional braces because it is more comfortable and treatment time is faster. It also makes it easier for a patient to continue with their regular dental hygiene routine as the elastic bands and large brackets aren’t used.

Patients who decide to go with The Damon System will have the option to choose between the traditional system, which looks similar to traditional braces, and the clear system which uses clear brackets. Both options can get you the smile you want, but the clear system is preferred by individuals who have cosmetic concerns.

Simpli5

If you have very minor changes that need to be done to your teeth, such as a small gap or slight shifting, the Simpli5 treatment option might be right for you. This option is similar to Invisalign, but it isn’t as complex.

Patients receive five aligners for their treatment. The aligners are worn for several weeks and then switched out. After five months, treatment is completed and subtle changes have occurred to your teeth to give you the smile you want.

Invisalign

Many people are reluctant to fix their smile because they are worried they will have to walk around for a prolonged period of time with a ‘metal mouth’. That is where Invisalign can help.

Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment option for patients who need considerable work to improve their smile, but they have chosen not to undergo treatment because they are worried about their appearance. Using a series of clear, see-through plastic aligners, Invisalign will shift, push, and move your teeth until you see results.

There are a number of clear benefits associated with Invisalign. Benefits of choosing Invisalign for your orthodontic treatment include a decreased number of times you will have to visit the orthodontist, fewer eating restrictions, and no fear of pain or discomfort from stiff wires or brackets.

Create a Customized Treatment Plan with Dr. Clark

Get 2018 started right by scheduling an appointment to explore orthodontic treatment options that will help you get a brand new smile.

Dr. Clark offers a courtesy consultation to first-time patients. During the consultation, we will take complimentary x-rays, photos, and conduct a clinical exam. We will also ask questions about what improvements you would like to see, concerns you might have, and any preferences you may have about treatment. Once all information is gathered, we will discuss which treatment options will help you improve your smile.

Call our office today to schedule an appointment to explore your orthodontic treatment options.

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