Visiting Dr. Larson, a qualified orthodontist from Oklahoma will help families understand the right time to get braces OKC. Sky Ortho provides orthodontic treatment services and helps everyone from Oklahoma who is looking for an orthodontist in Moore, Norman, Shawnee or OKC metro area. OKC Orthodontist also one of the very few providers for Invisalign. Contact Sky Ortho to learn more about Invisalign or braces.
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What is Invisalign and how is it different from traditional braces?
Invisalign is a type of dental treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal braces. It has transformed orthodontics giving patients an alternative to metal brackets.
Many people want straighter teeth. But few want to wear metal brackets and experience the discomfort associated with traditional braces. If you fit this description, consider Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, include no metal and are custom made for your teeth. They work with a series of trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. Each tray is manufactured so that the teeth are slightly straighter than the previous tray. Your teeth will typically move up to 0.25 mm per tray. Every two weeks, you will receive a new set, slowly moving your teeth towards their ideal positions.
OKC Invisalign offers complete convenience.
Just pop the trays in, and you’re ready to go. Because the aligners are clear and barely noticeable, they are perfect for people who want a more discreet option. And, unlike metal braces, OKC Invisalign won’t irritate your mouth like wires and brackets can. There is no need to apply wax to irritating brackets.
Another benefit is that Oklahoma City Invisalign allows you to see what your smile will look like when treatment is complete. No need to wonder about the end result — you can see it yourself.
How does OKC Invisalign work?
Oklahoma City Invisalign involves wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that shift your teeth into the proper position. Patients who would have never considered Oklahoma City braces before are now giving Invisalign a try.
Wear your aligners as you go about your daily routine. Take them out in the morning and evening to clean them. All you do is brush them as you do your teeth. Take Invisalign out when it’s time to eat so that you can enjoy all your favorite foods. No special diet because nothing gets stuck in wires or brackets.
In fact, Invisalign OKC keeps teeth cleaner than traditional braces because you brush as usual. This treatment is also perfect for people who play contact sports, especially those that require mouthguards. Simply remove the aligners while playing and replace them when you’re done.
Once you’ve reached your ultimate goal, your doctor will recommend retainers. This is the same whether you’ve gone through treatment with traditional braces or invisible aligners. Retainers are necessary because teeth can shift back into their pre-treatment position.
How much does Invisalign cost in Oklahoma City, OK?
The typical price of Invisalign braces can be a bit higher than regular braces. The average cost is between $3,500 and $8,000. Your OKC orthodontist can give you a better estimate of the price. The factors that come into play are the extent of the alignment and how many aligners needed to complete treatment.
The cost of regular braces varies widely but is usually in the range of $2,500 to $6,000. Again, the price may change depending on individual need and should be discussed with your orthodontist. Most dental insurance plans cover Oklahoma City Invisalign just as they would regular braces. Check with your insurance company to determine the level of coverage.
Where can I find Invisalign in Oklahoma City, OK?
You may want to start by taking Invisalign’s Smile Assessment to see if it is the right treatment for your smile. Then you should consult with an experienced provider, like Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sky Orthodontics who can determine whether this treatment will work for your teeth. Dr. Larson and her staff can also answer any medical or financial questions you have.
Keep in mind that not every dentist will have professional experience or training with Invisalign. Invisalign-trained providers attend specialized instructional sessions and participate in ongoing clinical training. It’s essential to visit an expert working with Invisalign, like Dr. Larson, to ensure your best smile possible.
Invisalign’s unique technology explained.
After your visit, Dr. Larson will perform a digital scan and create a custom treatment plan. She will use precise 3-D images of your teeth to map out their movements over the course of treatment. These images help create your custom-made aligners. The smooth, BPA-free plastic is non-irritating and comfortable for constant wear. Every two weeks or so, you graduate to your next set of aligners.
The aligners straighten teeth using a patented thermoplastic design. This not only controls the force applied to straighten teeth but also the timing of force application. Just a few teeth move during each stage based on your individual treatment plan.
The average treatment takes about 12 months. This varies based on the severity of each individual situation. Dr. Larson will work closely with you to develop a personal treatment plan.
In addition, Dr. Larson may use attachments to further perfect your smile. In some cases, tooth-colored composite “bumps” applied to your teeth help the aligner grip the teeth better. This helps ensure the desired tooth movement.
Will Invisalign work for me?
Gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and crowded teeth are just a few of the problems that Invisalign can correct. Besides being unsightly, these problems can affect your dental health.
Gapped teeth will leave gums unprotected and can lead to periodontal disease. Overbites and underbites can cause stress to the jaw, and result in painful joint problems. Over-crowded teeth frequently lead to plaque accumulation because it’s difficult to floss effectively. This could result in cavities forming in over-crowded areas.
OKC Invisalign addresses all of these problems and more. Plus it promotes your best oral health. In the end, it is up to you and your doctor to decide which treatment is best for you.
The average price is not much higher than regular braces. Plus, Invisalign OKC offers unique advantages that may outweigh the difference in price. If cost is a big concern for you, talk to Dr. Larson’s staff about financing options. Sky Orthodontics offers flexible monthly payment plans to spread out the cost of Oklahoma City Invisalign braces over a longer period.
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Malocclusion is a big word but to put it simply, it is a condition in which the teeth do not align properly. On the other hand, occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and how the upper and lower teeth fit together. This is also known as your bite. Occlusion, which is the normal state, indicates that the upper teeth fit slightly over the lower teeth. In this case, the points of the molars fit the grooves of the opposite molar.
It is interesting to note, the upper teeth keep you from biting your cheeks and lips. Meanwhile, your lower teeth protect your tongue.
How does Malocclusion Occur?
Malocclusion is often inherited, says Dr. Priscilla Larson of Sly Ortho. As a result of genetics, you may have a difference between the size of the upper and lower jaws, or between the jaw and tooth size. Typically, malocclusion causes overcrowding of teeth or an abnormal bite. In addition, the shape of the jaws or birth defects such as cleft lip and palate can also be causes of malocclusion.
Other causes include:
- Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use beyond the age 3, or prolonged use of a bottle
- Also, extra teeth, lost teeth, impacted teeth, or abnormally shaped teeth
- Ill-fitting dental fillings, crowns, dental appliances, retainers, or braces
- Misalignment of jaw fractures after a severe injury
- Tumors of the mouth and jaw
The Different Categories of Malocclusion and What They Mean
- Class 1 malocclusion is the most common. The bite is normal, but the upper teeth slightly overlap the lower teeth.
- Class 2 malocclusion is called retrognathism or overbite. It occurs when the upper jaw and teeth severely overlap the bottom jaw and teeth.
- Class 3 malocclusionis called prognathism or underbite. It occurs when the lower jaw protrudes or juts forward, causing the lower jaw and teeth to overlap the upper jaw and teeth.
Why Use Elastic Bands with Braces?
Elastics or rubber bands are an important part of the orthodontic treatment for malocclusion. That is because they provide the force necessary to move the teeth and jaw into proper alignment. There are several parts to braces.
- First, the brackets — square metal pieces bonded directly to your teeth.
- Through these brackets runs the archwire, which, when attached to the brackets, provides the force that helps move the teeth.
- Connecting the archwire to the brackets are the ligatures. Ligatures are little rubber bands that wrap around the individual braces and hold the archwire in place. They are the part of the braces kids don’t mind wearing because they get to pick the colors. These rubber bands stay on between visits; the orthodontist will change them each time the wire is tightened or the braces are adjusted.
- The final parts are interarch elastic bands. These adjust the bite and jaw position. They are connected to the brackets with hooks, usually connecting the top tooth bracket with the bottom tooth bracket. Doing so helps adjust the position of the teeth in the mouth as well as the position of the jaw. Interarch bands help ensure teeth line up properly. These must be removed during meals. They must also be removed when cleaning your teeth and brackets. In addition, they are replaced daily due to stretch.
Not everyone who gets braces needs interarch elastic bands. In fact, whether or not you have bands depends on your existing jaw alignment and what the orthodontist recommends for your malocclusion.
What Can You Expect When Wearing Elastic Bands on Braces?
Wearing elastics will initially make your teeth sore but the pain will go away after a few days. However, you must wear them continuously. Giving your teeth a break from the elastics will only make them feel sore again the next time you put them on. Plus, removing the bands will delay completion of your malocclusion treatment.
How to Wear Elastic Bands on Braces
Dr. Larson and her staff provide you with complete instructions on how to remove and replace the bands. It’s really quite easy.
Here is a sample of the instructions you receive for braces. Follow these consistently to ensure that treatment goes as planned.
- Wear your elastic bands at all times unless otherwise instructed.
- Only remove elastic bands when you eat or while brushing and flossing your teeth.
- Change your elastics at least four times a day. The reason elastics must be changed four times a day is because they lose their effectiveness over time. A good schedule is to replace your bands after each meal and right before going to bed each night.
Improving Malocclusion through Orthodontic Treatment Relies on You
Consistently wearing elastic bands on your braces is one of the most critical elements when determining the length of your treatment. With the care and maintenance of your braces, it will require extra effort from you but it will be worth it.
Our top priority at Sky Ortho is to give you the best smile possible in the shortest period of time as possible. Your cooperation in wearing your elastics as instructed will help achieve this goal.
Braces are an Important Life Investment
Braces are a big investment, but they have the opportunity to change your life for the better. Investing in your oral and dental health, whether you are a child or an adult, can help you with your speech, confidence, health, and many other areas of life.
Make an appointment today to meet Dr. Larson if you suspect malocclusion.