At Schmidt Orthodontics, we believe our patients come first. From the moment we meet, until we achieve your new smile, we will provide you with clear communication and a plan that meets your individual needs. As a practice, we are dedicated to the experience and treatment we provide. Schmidt Orthodontics strives for perfection for you and your family.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN ORTHODONTICS?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EARLY ORTHODONTIC EVALUATION?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
WHY IS AGE 7 CONSIDERED THE OPTIMAL TIME FOR SCREENING?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
- Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
- Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
- Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Preserving space for unerupted teeth
- Reducing the need for tooth removal
- Reducing treatment time with braces
Between the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.
This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.
Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and orthodontists can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly. And children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.
Types of Braces & Retainers
WHAT TYPE OF TREATMENT IS BEST FOR YOU?
At Schmidt Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile. We design our treatment options around each individual patient’s needs as well as orthodontic options available to them. From early interceptive treatment, to jaw surgery preparation, and everything in between.
Traditional & Comprehensive TreatmentThe most common, single phase treatment, consisting of small brackets that are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth. An arch wire passes through the brackets and provides a gentle but continuous supply of pressure to gradually shift your teeth. In some cases, you may choose colored bands to customize your braces.
2 Phase TreatmentPlanning now can save a smile later! When there is a moderate to severe orthodontic problem that will cause greater issues in the future, a phase one treatment is necessary in a preventative treatment.
Clear BracesWithin bracketed orthodontic treatments, clear brackets are an option available to you on the upper arch.
SureSmileYou’ve probably heard that wearing breaces is a long term commitment, lasting on average 2 years. With SureSmile, orthodontic treatment is greatly lessened by providing you with a prescription wire made specifically for you and your teeth. This wire moves your teeth more efficiently (not more quickly), using 3-D imaging, robotically created wires, and shape memory.
Hybrid TreatmentEvery patient has different needs. We are creative in meeting those needs while ensuring your treatment goals are met. Sometimes this means a combination of braces, aligners, or lingual braces. We will meet your needs.
InvisalignThe Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.
Removable AlignersUtilizing our in-house 3-D technology, we have the capability to create removable aligners that move your teeth without using brackets and wires.
RetainersWe have a variety of retainers available to you, including clear Essix retainers made in our office, Hawley retainers, and bonded retainers in combination with removable retainers.