What is an Orthodontist
There are three steps in an orthodontist’s education: college, dental school and an orthodontic residency program. It can take 10 or more years of education after high school to become an orthodontist.
What is Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the term given to the part of dentistry that focuses on the alignment, positioning, and spacing of the teeth and jaws.
Braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment. They are highly effective at correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. Traditional braces involve the use of metal or tooth colored, ceramic brackets that are placed on your teeth with adhesive and connected by wire.
First Aid for Braces
Though braces are safe and generally involve little discomfort, there are instances when issues may arise.
Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®
a series of clear, removable aligners that are worn securely over your teeth. Since the custom-made Invisalign® aligners are clear, they are designed to allow patients of any age to receive orthodontic treatment discreetly.
One or Two Phase Treatments
If your child needs immediate treatment for an orthodontic issue, Dr. Markey may recommend a one-phase or two-phase treatment plan, depending upon the problem, your child’s age, their stage of growth and, of course, their stage of tooth development.
Prevention and Early Interceptive Treatment
Orthodontic screening for children beginning at age seven is one of the most effective ways to prevent complex issues with the alignment or spacing of teeth and jaws.
AcceleDent® is a small device that may be recommended for promoting accelerated tooth movement during orthodontic treatment.
Braces are not the only stage needed for a permanent orthodontic solution. Once your initial treatment is complete, the retention phase begins. Keeping your final orthodontic results requires proper use of your retainer as directed by Dr. Markey.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as ‘orthognathic surgery’, is undertaken in combination with braces.
Treatment As An Adult
There are many reasons why adults are choosing to have orthodontic care, more now than ever.