Like growth spurts and voice changes, braces have become a recognizable milestone of adolescence. It’s an ideal time for orthodontic treatment for many reasons, mostly because it takes advantage of the rapid body changes and growth as the body prepares for adulthood; applying orthodontics at this stage can shorten treatment time dramatically, whether we are adjusting for cosmetic, oral health, or airway functionality reasons.
We believe it’s important to treat teenagers for several oral health issues before they become painful, embarrassing, or problematic. Bite issues, gaps between teeth, overcrowded and crooked teeth can be corrected with the help of orthodontics. The care taken at this time of life sets up your child for better oral health for the rest of their lives.
There are several options available when considering which orthodontic treatment modality will be best for your child. Here are a few of the options we offer at Orthodontics by Crutchfield:
Invisalign uses a 3-D image of your mouth to create custom clear aligners that guide your teeth to their desired position. There are no braces just a series of clear “aligners”. Each thin aligner gently guides the teeth into their desired positions. While removable, Invisalign must be worn at least 22 hours each day to be effective. Not every situation can be addressed with Invisalign treatrment.
Best braces orthodontic treatment for: Teenagers who already have good hygiene, are dependable and who understand the importance of consistent use.
Not great for: Teenagers who are not able (or who tend to forget) to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours. Teenagers who practice or play sports with a mouthguard more than three hours a day may find it difficult to wear the aligners the required minimum of daily hours.
Suresmile combines braces with the latest 3D technology in orthodontics. The result is a highly customized look and functionality that not only is more precise, but also more efficient. An added benefit of Suresmile is that it produces better results while reducing treatment times by about 30%. And that’s something that makes all teenagers (and their parents) happy.
Best care for: Teens and almost everyone.
Not great for: Teenagers who want to avoid the “look” of braces or who do not care about their results, even if the treatments take longer.
Damon Smile System
Unlike traditional braces, which use elastic bands hold the orthodontic wire (the active component of braces systems) in place, Damon braces employ a passive sliding mechanism that reduces friction, pressure, and the constant need for adjustments. As a result, treatment times and discomfort are also reduced. The Damon Smile System has been clinically proven to align teeth and enhance facial aesthetics reducing the need for palate expanders, tooth extraction, or continually tightened wires. At Orthodontics by Crutchfield, the Damon Smile System is combined with Suresmile technology for the best synergistic orthodontic care for our patients.
Best orthodontic care system for: Teens who love discrete brackets and who fit the conditions for treatment under the Damon Smile System.
Not great for: Teenagers who don’t like the look and feel of braces. The Damon Smile system is regarding as one of the most sophisticated care systems in orthodontics today. Dr. Crutchfield exclusively uses the Damon Smile System for all of his braces patients.
Our goal is to help teens achieve a lasting outcome with a proper bite, spacing, and oral health. “The right braces give your teenager something to smile about for a lifetime,” says Dr. Bill Crutchfield at Orthodontics by Crutchfield. “And a smiling teenager is always a great thing.”
Invisalign has been available for adult tooth alignment for almost twenty years, and in that time, more than 2.4 million people around the world have experienced its ability to straighten smiles. An excellent choice for crowding, gapped teeth, spacing and bite issues, Invisalign uses a 3-D image of your teeth to map out your customized treatment.
The process works by creating a series of clear aligners, each progressively adjusting the position of your teeth until they reach their final (and optimal) destination. Many patients find they offer a great alternative to braces, especially since they are barely noticeable, can be removed when eating, and don’t get in the way of most activities. Treatment time will vary depending upon how far teeth need to move, the amount of correction needed, and how diligent you are about wearing the aligners.
“We can’t deny the popularity or the effectiveness of Invisalign and the products that are following in its footprints,” said Dr. Crutchfield. “For a number of adult patients, it’s an easy, manageable, and affordable way to straighten teeth and improve smiles.”
It’s not, however, for everyone. “In reality, there are limits to what both Invisalign--and patients--can do,” he continued. “For instance, Invisalign is not as effective in treatment large jaw discrepancies. And it puts the responsibility for the quality and timing of the result on the patient since they have to keep in the trays in for at least 22 hours a day. It can be a lot to do for people who keep busy schedules, do a lot of talking with their jobs, or who prefer treatment that is less hands-on.
Luckily, Dr. Crutchfield and his team offer several options to give you the great smile you’ve always wanted. “While we do use Invisalign, our other options, such as SureSmile, can often deliver a much more custom and authentic smile in less time,” he added.
Ready to see which option is the right fit for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Crutchfield today.