We are dedicated to providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment for the whole family, and are happy to announce we opened our brand new orthodontic wing! We are incredibly excited to have this beautiful new facility to serve our patients with exceptional orthodontic treatment! Maybe you have been thinking about orthodontic care for yourself or a family member, or are looking for an orthodontic provider you can trust?
We would love the opportunity to introduce you to Dr. Steven Harrison, our board-certified orthodontic specialist. Dr. Harrison has spent years creating beautifully straight smiles for the whole family by providing the highest quality orthodontic treatment. He and his staff strive to give exceptional service in a comfortable environment for every one of their patients. If you have ever wanted straighter teeth to give you the confidence to smile more, there has never been a better time. Come see Dr. Steven Harrison and his staff for a free orthodontic consultation.
Facts About Braces and Orthodontic Treatment
Having an absolutely beautiful smile can instill confidence that will make others stop and take notice! With all of the progress in orthodontics through the years, there has never been a better time to look into straightening your teeth with orthodontics by a board-certified orthodontic specialist. You may be an adult curious about whether braces are right for you, and may typically think of braces as being something for teenagers. The good news for you is that more adults than ever are opting to get orthodontic care in order to achieve the perfect smile they have always wanted but may not have had the opportunity to obtain as a child. If you have been considering braces for yourself or a family member there are a few things to think about:
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Braces Have Come a Long Way
Based upon archaeological mummy findings dating from as far back as ancient Egypt, it’s possible that people were trying to make straighter smiles a reality even then. The good news for you today is that your orthodontists can provide advanced orthodontic treatment using high-quality materials in combination with advanced technology. Today orthodontists use modern equipment and the convenience of digital x-rays and scans. This makes it easier than ever to straighten your smile comfortably. Now is the perfect time to find out if orthodontic treatment may be right for you!
Pick the Right Board-Certified Orthodontic Provider
If orthodontic treatment is something you are interested in, one of the most important things you can do is pick the right orthodontic provider! All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6% of all dentists are orthodontists. They are highly trained specialists in their field who have furthered their schooling past general dentistry skills. This means that after dental school they have continued with their training to obtain certification by specializing in the highly competitive area of orthodontic care.
There are many general dentists who may do braces, but only an orthodontist has gone through these additional years of highly specialized training qualifying them to be called an orthodontist. This ensures they are equipped to give their patients the best care possible. With their years of training and expertise, orthodontic specialists are able to ensure that the orthodontic treatment process goes smoothly and efficiently. Through advanced training and knowledge, a board-certified orthodontist can give each individual patient the absolute best in quality orthodontic services. By choosing a highly qualified provider, you will help ensure that you get the fantastic results you expect! Checking references and qualifications is always a good idea.
Braces Aren’t Just for Kids
The American Association of Orthodontists shows that about 1 in every 5 patients who get braces are actually adults! Maybe you simply never had the chance to get braces as a child, or have put off treatment due to thinking that time has passed. Even as an adult braces still may be a great option for you to get the smile you have always dreamed of having. More adults than ever are making the investment in themselves by having braces to correct their bite or straightening their teeth with orthodontics for an aesthetically beautiful smile they can be proud of.
Treatment Times May Vary
No two mouths are exactly the same so cost and treatment times can vary based on a case by case situation. Dr. Steven Harrison will be glad to help give you the best idea of estimated time to finish your specific orthodontic case treatment.
Preventative Care During Orthodontic Treatment Is Important
If you plan on wearing braces, taking care of your routine dental care is more important than ever! Once you have braces put on it is highly important that you comply with the recommendations of your orthodontist. You need to keep up with excellent dental care to ensure a healthy mouth throughout your orthodontic care. Brushing is recommended after every meal, and flossing every day is extremely important to ensure plaque does not build up and begin to damage teeth during orthodontic treatment.
After-Care Is Vital: Retainers for Life!
What you do after your orthodontic treatment has a lot to do with your overall result. In most cases, your orthodontist will ask you to wear a retainer after finishing your orthodontic care. Almost 25% of people who fail to wear their prescribed retainers end up needing orthodontic care again. This happens because after orthodontic treatment teeth can continue to shift back into a crooked position. Wearing your retainer will help keep straightened teeth in place and ensure that the investment you made in your straight smile is protected. Following your orthodontist’s instructions will help you keep on track for a lifetime of great smiles you will want to show off – so remember – retainers for life! Often your orthodontist will recommend that you wear them full time (taking them out only during meals.) After a period of time you may be able to switch to wearing retainers part days or only at nights, but wearing your retainer will be crucial to keeping your beautifully straightened smile for the rest of your life!
Find out more about orthodontic care by scheduling your FREE orthodontic consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Steven Harrison today by calling us at 417-887-1220. You can also find out more about straightening your teeth with orthodontics from the American Dental Association.