Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has graduated from an orthodontic residency program where he or she has received extensive specialist training after dental school. Orthodontic residency programs are devoted to straightening teeth, correcting bites and correcting jaw discrepancies with brackets and wires, appliances, and clear aligners. Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry which means that every orthodontist is a dentist, but not every dentist is an orthodontist. It can be a confusing task to determine who has the additional orthodontic residency training and who does not, but if in doubt, ask the doctor if he is a true specialist in orthodontics or a general dentist practising orthodontics. This way you can make an informed decision about where you would feel most comfortable receiving orthodontic treatment.
Not at all! If there is something about your teeth or smile that concerns you, call us and we can see you for a complimentary consultation. The consultation includes x-rays and oral photographs that will allow us to explain the different treatment options available to you that can meet your goals. Our office can work together with any dentist to make sure your teeth are as healthy, clean, and beautiful as possible.
  • A more attractive smile
  • Reduced appearance-consciousness during critical development years
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Possible increase in self-confidence
  • Increased ability to clean the teeth
  • Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
  • Better long term health of teeth and gums
  • Guides permanent teeth into more favorable positions
  • Reduces the risk of injury to protruded front teeth
  • Aids in optimizing other dental treatment
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Twenty to twenty five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.

There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

  • Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
  • What must be done to correct the problem?
  • Will any teeth need to be removed?
  • How long will the treatment take to complete?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

 

Yes, Invisalign is just a different method for straightening teeth. Just like there are some cases that are better treated with metal braces, there are also cases where Invisalign is a better option. Invisalign has been the orthodontic treatment of choice for over four million patients..
Occasionally a case will be better treated with traditional metal braces, but most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. Drawing on his extensive experience with both Invisalign and braces, Dr. Webb will provide with you a more specific recommendation following an analysis of your individual orthodontic needs during a free consultation.
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by Dr. Webb; however, most Invisalign cases are completed between 6 to 12 months, with some simple cases wrapping up in under 6 months.
Invisalign retainers are made from a patented, lightweight, BPA-free plastic material that is designed to fit precisely in the patient’s mouth. This wafer thin medical material is completely clear and effectively invisible. Although there may be occasional discomfort due to the snug fit of starting with a new set of aligners, patients don’t have to worry about the more regular irritation and inconvenience of metal braces.
Invisalign has been available to adults since 1998, and Invisalign Teen was introduced in the summer of 2008.
Invisalign has been used to treat a wide array of malocclusions from very simple to severe, including crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, deep bite, open bite, midline shift, and crossbite. The technology behind Invisalign has made great strides in just the past 2 years and is now able to treat complex cases that just a couple of years ago were not candidates. The best way to answer this question is by being evaluated by an Orthodontic Specialist like Dr. Webb.

 

Invisalign aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic. In fact, your child will be surprised to find out how many people won’t even notice they are going through orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Teen Aligners feature compliance indicators which fade over time with wear so that the doctor can monitor patient cooperation. In my practice teenage Invisalign patients are usually our most responsible and compliant patients and they love the fact that people cannot tell that they are wearing anything in their mouths at all during treatment.
When using Invisalign you can easily keep brushing and flossing your teeth as normal. The aligners are completely removable allowing them to brush and floss their teeth as prescribed by their orthodontist and dentist.
Invisalign offers up to 6 free replacement trays free of charge if misplaced or lost. This is something that is not offered to adults. However, in my practice, we have found that our teen patients are very responsible and rarely lose an aligner.
Invisalign Teen has been proven to be effective across a very broad range of cases, from mild problems to severe. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you immediately if your child is a candidate.
Invisalign Teen can result in fewer appointments by virtually eliminating potential emergency visits that are more common with treatment using traditional braces.
Things happen – and not always on a weekday during normal business hours.  Luckily there is never a true emergency with Invisalign like there may be with braces. To better serve our patients, we invite you to call our office as soon as a dental emergency happens. If it takes place on a weekday, we will be glad to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. For emergencies after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
It’s simple — call to schedule your free consultation and in most cases we can get your treatment process started that day!
The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and can only be determined by your doctor; however, the average case takes about 8 months for adults. The length of time necessary for a teen patient may vary and can be determined by your doctor.
We find that aligners are most effective when worn 20 hours per day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing.
After your consultation, your Invisalign aligners are usually in our office 2 weeks later. Once we bond any attachments, we’ll usually give you enough aligners for 6 weeks. At your next appointment Dr. Webb will evaluate if your teeth are moving properly and likely give you the next 3 months of aligners!
Depending on your specific treatment, some of the movements may require either “attachments” or “ridges” to help the aligner grip the teeth. These bumps, or wells, are where the aligner grips the attachment the doctor places on your teeth. The attachments are actually small pieces of enamel-colored composite the doctor affixes to your teeth that are then gripped by bumps on your aligners. The ridges are slim indentations in your aligners. Your doctor will use one or both of these features to attempt to achieve the desired tooth movement.
Here at clearsmile, we do our best to provide you with affordable orthodontic solutions. We understand you have a family budget to maintain, so we provide flexible payment options, and we partner with a variety of insurance companies to get your treatment covered as much as possible. Come talk to us in a free consultation, and we can help you figure out how to finance Invisalign treatment for your family.
As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your issue and your course of treatment. As a general rule the cost is comparable to traditional fixed braces. And, although only Dr. Webb is able to fully determine your cost, prices for Invisalign treatment can be as low as $99 per month!

Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, you should review your personal coverage plan. However, in general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

 

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