Below you'll find an overview of our more popular orthodontic treatment options.
A lot has changed over the years with braces. For one, a growing number of individuals choose a non-braces alternative, such as clear aligners. But for the vast majority of individuals who still choose braces, there are more comfortable and more discreet options than ever before. This includes clear braces, which move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces but are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. This option is popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.
Invisalign® straightens teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It's virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you're straightening your teeth. This system is available to adult patients and teen patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Dr. Carlin Weaver is a Platinum Invisalign provider, which makes her part of an elite group of orthodontists that have treated hundreds of patients using Invisalign to correct their bites and give them beautiful smiles! We see our Invisalign patients every 10-12 weeks to deliver new trays, check the bite and do adjustments.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than what existed even just 10 years ago. We see our braces patients about every 6-8 weeks to change the colors, wires and make adjustments to the braces.
Do you remember your last dental impression . . . likely having to stuff a heaping helping of that pink playdough-like goop in your mouth? Yuck! We get it, and that's why we've invested in the latest 3D dental scanning technology, which is quicker, cleaner, and far more accurate than traditional impressions. This means you'll spend less time in the chair, and it results in a much more accurate diagnosis and overall treatment. 3D scanning can identify key potential issues that could be missed by traditional impressions trays before they occur, allowing your orthodontist to mitigate them in the initial treatment plan. It also allows you to see the effects of a treatment before you have it.
Does your child snore, breath through their mouth, have attention issues or wet the bed? These issues may be related to an airway obstruction, and can impact the way the jaws and bones develop. Dr. Weaver is specially trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of an airway obstruction. Early intervention orthodontics can correct the size of the jaws, which can enable a child to breath properly (and truly change a life!). Depending on your child's needs, Dr. Weaver may refer to other airway specialists, such as an ENT to evaluate the tonsils and adenoids, a myofunctional therapist to improve tongue posture, or a periodontist to release a tongue tie. Dr. Weaver is a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is passionate about helping children breath properly.